They are the living dinosaur that have existed virtually unchanged for the past 65 million years. Crocodiles are the Sri Lanka’s largest reptile and the island is known as one of the best places to watch mugger crocs in all of Asia.
A crocodile’s excellent night vision and the ability to detect prey or animal carcasses makes them highly successful predators. Sadly, Being a top predator, crocs have a bad reputation among the people as most believe they can be potentially dangerous to humans. They feed on fish and keep all species under control not allowing the larger and invasive species to dominate the wetland ecosystem. Two species of crocodiles found in Sri Lanka; the Mugger or Marsh crocodile (Crocodylus paluster) and the Saltwater or Estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus).