Also known as “salties,” they have a wide ranging habitat and can be found across northern Australia all the way up to Southeast and South Asia. The incredible animals can swim more than 600 miles at a time. Furthermore, they will happily live in freshwater rivers and swamps as well as in brackish coastal waters.
Australian salties have been feared – or at least given healthy respect – for as long as there have been people in Australia. Some aboriginal tribes hunted them for food while others considered them sacred, but all were well aware of the dangers the animals posed. Furthermore, each had their own techniques for avoiding harm.