Koorana is a grass roots crocodile farm with over 4,000 crocodiles on the property, some as old as 45 years and almost 5 metres in length. It is estimated that these crocodiles weigh almost 1 tonne. The guide showed us around some of the enclosures and demonstrated just how stealthy these animals can be. At one pond the guide tried to get us to show him exactly where the croc was. We all had a guess as there were bubbles rising in the middle of the pond and we could also see water swirling.
We were all very surprised when he threw a piece of chicken into the pond and the croc was right at his feet in less than half a metre of water. Fortunately the guide was standing up above the water on an enclosed platform. It just went to show just how they can move into position to strike their prey without any indication at all.
We had an opportunity to hold a young crocodile which was 4 years old and a bit less than 1 metre long. It has a commercial value at that age of $4,000.00.
Their restaurant serves all things crocodile, steak, burgers, kebabs and even spare ribs. As it was lunch time we gave it a try. Sort of a mixture between chicken breast and crayfish but with a firmer texture.
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