Malaysia coastal works may be why croc sightings here are rising: Experts

Two estuarine crocodiles spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on May 17, 2015. The animals have been making a comeback since they were declared extinct here in 1996.
Two estuarine crocodiles spotted at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on May 17, 2015. The animals have been making a comeback since they were declared extinct here in 1996.PHOTO: BEN LEE
An NParks officer shines a torchlight across the water during night surveillance for a crocodile at Lower Seletar Reservoir.
An NParks officer shines a torchlight across the water during night surveillance for a crocodile at Lower Seletar Reservoir.PHOTO: NPARKS
Floating cage traps designed by NParks to catch the crocodile. The cages were 4.5m long and used chicken meat as bait.
Floating cage traps designed by NParks to catch the crocodile. The cages were 4.5m long and used chicken meat as bait. PHOTO: NPARKS

At least 20 of these reptiles in Singapore today, mostly at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, says expert

The estuarine, or saltwater, crocodile was declared extinct in Singapore by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 1996.

But it seems to have made a comeback in recent years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2019, with the headline 'Once extinct here, saltwater crocs now back in force'. Print Edition | Subscribe