Phoenix Herpetological Society receives 10 new crocodiles

They're rarely seen on exhibit in the United States, but now 10 Australian Freshwater Crocodiles were delivered to the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

The new Crocs that are 1 and 2-years-old, will be used as part of a breeding program.

"These haven't been brought to the United States in a number of years from anywhere in the world," said Daniel Marchand.

A special delivery to the Phoenix Herpetological Society in North Scottsdale this evening.

"These are freshwater crocodiles from Australia, just flown in from Germany," said Marchand.

The herpetological society has a female crocodile already, and they were searching for a male. So the zoo in Frankfurt Germany sent them ten crocodiles that will be used to breed.

"These did not come from the wild; they're captive born animals," he said.

Marchand is the curator of the Phoenix Herpetological Society and says the animals will be bred in capacity. The offspring will be offered to other zoos to be put on display.

"Some of these are very endangered species, and we want to see them survive and thrive," said Marchand.

Marchand said the crocodiles got chilly on their long flight from Frankfurt to Phoenix, and because the temperature in the valley dropped, the crocs will now be housed inside.

"We've not opted to bring them into our indoor facility where we can temperature control the building, we can put heat lamps on there, and keep their water nice and arm," he said.

While the crocs don't look ferocious now, they can grow between 7-10 feet long, and watch out, these little guys have a big bite.

"They're always so cute, but boy I'll tell you inside that mouth is a bunch of razor-sharp little teeth," said Marchand.

The crocodiles will eat insects, and small fish moved up to larger fish and rodents as they grow. Visitors to the herpetological society can now see crocodiles, alligators, and caimans.

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