GOA:A three-metre tall marshy crocodile estimated to be about 40 years old was rescued in the Opa, Candepar area of Ponda. Officials from the Ponda range forest office were informed about the reptile after locals spotted it in a deep forest area. Worried that the crocodile may venture into human habitation, the locals alerted the range office which rushed to the site and laid a trap to capture the crocodile.
“The crocodile was found to be male. He may have ventured out of the territory in search of a female. With monsoon at it’s peak, this is an ideal season for crocodiles to mate,” a range forest official told TOI. After it was captured, the crocodile was released in a safe habitat away from human civilization, the official said.
Two weeks ago, forest officials had captured a 3.8m male King cobra which was also believed to have ventured out of its habitat and entered into a village area looking for a mate. It was discovered curled up in the backyard of a villager’s home.
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