Siamese crocodile nest survey unearths hope

A nest was found, which is not a yearly occurrence, holding 21 eggs, 20 of which were fertilized. The team took measurements and moved the majority of the eggs to a new location where they could be guarded around the clock by our crocodile wardens until they hatch.

Sam Han unearths the crocodile eggs in a chamber about 1 foot from the top of the nest
Sam Han unearths the crocodile eggs in a chamber about 1 foot from the top of the nest. Photo: FFI
Siamese crocodile eggs Photo: FFI
Siamese crocodile eggs. Photo: FFI
Sam Han removes each egg 1 at a time and numbers them so that they can be put back into the nest in the correct order Photo: FFI
Sam Han removes each egg one at a time and numbers them so that they can be put back into the nest in the correct order. Photo: FFI
Hor Leng weighs and measures each egg Photo: FFI
Hor Leng weighs and measures each egg. Photo: FFI
21 eggs are counted from this nest, 20 of them appear to be fertilized Photo: FFI
21 eggs are counted from this nest, 20 of them appear to be fertilized. Photo: FFI

Upon hatching, the baby crocodiles will be kept in captivity where they can be fed and raised by the CCCP team for at least a year before they are released back into the wild, to give them a better chance of survival (baby crocodiles are food for many predators including adult Siamese crocodiles).

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