Ten freshwater crocodiles to arrive in Scottsdale around 6 p.m.

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

This afternoon, 10 Australian freshwater crocodiles from Zoo Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany, will arrive in the Valley, bound for their new home at the Phoenix Herpetological Society, 20701 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

PHS is getting the crocs, which are rarely seen on exhibit in the United States, as part of a breeding program, according to a press release. PHS currently has one female freshwater croc on exhibit from the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo in New Braunfels, Texas.

“The freshwater croc is seldom seen in zoos in the U.S., and it is our goal to produce babies and make them available for zoos that wish to display them,” stated Russ Johnson, president of PHS in the release.

The new crocs are 1-2 years old, according to the release. They flew from Frankfurt to Atlanta, where they were cleared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the morning of May 8.

From there, they are flying from Atlanta to Phoenix on a nonstop Southwest Airlines flight.

PHS visitors can now see 21 of the world’s 24 species of crocodilians, which include crocodiles, alligators and caimans.

“PHS has the second largest Crocodilian collection in the United States,” stated Mr. Johnson. “When our freshwater crocs are not participating in the breeding program, they will be utilized for education, especially during open house events and facility tours of the PHS sanctuary.”

According to the release, freshwater crocs, or freshies, are native to Australia and are primarily found in freshwater lakes, rivers and wetlands. They are not generally dangerous to humans, but can inflict serious injury with their sharp teeth.

Equally fast on land or water, freshwater crocodiles may gallop at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour. In the past, this species was at risk of extinction because crocs were hunted for their skins. According to the release the species has made a comeback due to conservation.

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