Search results for "crocodile"

  • Freshwater Crocodile

    This shy and secretive crocodile was described by Australian Museum curator, Gerard Krefft, after receiving a specimen from Mr R. A. Johnstone who collected the first specimen from Queensland. It was 100 years later before a proper study of this species was undertaken.

  • Estuarine Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus

    The largest of all living reptiles and an iconic Australian animal, the Estuarine Crocodile does not suffer foolish humans that enter its watery domain.

  • Saltwater Crocodile Illustration


  • More crocodile case restoration

    It's been a few weeks since I last posted on this, but the crocodile case restoration continues.

  • Snake models from the crocodile case

    These beautiful and fragile plaster casts were made by Museum preparatory staff in 1894.

  • Elliot Koonutta Crocodile Sorcerer (2014)

    This work, made by Elliot Koonutta from rope, ghost net and metal, tells the story of the Crocodile Sorcerer;

    “I made that crocodile because, you know, it’s my favourite animal to draw and like do with ghost net. Because in the dreamtime our old people used to have their own pets, pet crocodile, to take them across the river and keep the river so no stranger crocodile can come in to take over the river. Or get turtle and dugong like that for the owner” – Elliot Koonutta (Pormpuraaw Art Centre) 2014

    The sorcerer summons the pet crocodile to cross the river by putting the end of his spear or woomera in his armpit, and then into the water. If a crocodile smells the scent, and moves towards the person, then the crocodile belongs to him. He can then communicate to the crocodile, and it brings him food from the river.

  • Marine crocodilian, Steneosaurus bollensis


  • Simon Norman Crocodile Spirit Man (2013)

    Crocodile Spirit Man represents a man that is eaten by a crocodile; a “spirit figure” or a ghost. If a man goes hunting and is taken by a crocodile, he then haunts the place where he was taken. The spirit can bite people, annoy them and make noises, but don’t do any real harm. The spirit is only a problem until people move away from the area which is haunted;

    “If I move away then this bloke here (the spirit man) will move away. Nobody won’t see him anymore.” Simon Norman (Pormpuraaw Art Centre) 2014

    For the sculpture, Simon used a crocodile skull and other crocodile bones from a carcass he found in the local crocodile farm. It is largely comprised of ghost net, and decorated with objects found on the local beach including shells, coral and sea fan, as well as white feathers from the corellas that inhabit the town in their hundreds.

  • Stripping the crocodile case

    Furniture conservator Ray Gurney's first challenge is to strip the crocodile case back to its base wood layer.

  • Moving the crocodile

    With the glass removed from the front of the crocodile case, yesterday preparators and conservators moved the giant crocodile out of the case.

  • More on conserving the crocodile

    Moving the crocodile out of the heritage showcase has given us a great opportunity to restore the entire specimen. 

  • Crocodile restoration


  • Crocodile case


  • Crocodile Mask on Mer in 1907 E17339


  • Crocodile Exposed (#2)