When you are visiting Langkawi Island, the crocodile farm is one of the tourist attractions that you must not miss. Why? Because there are hardly any places in the Malaysia that houses such a number of these giant reptiles. The Langkawi Island crocodile farm is the place to go if you like watching these remarkable reptiles. This is probably one of the few crocodile farms in Malaysia that keeps and breeds these creatures for their skins, meat and for tourist viewing. The farm easily has over 1000 crocodiles of varying ages.
What to see
I was actually kind of excited of having the chance of coming face-to-face with these meat-chomping monsters. Without fear, I couldn’t wait any longer to pay an entrance fee of RM20 so that I could get pass the entrance without further delay. Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was the farm was huge. I could see tons of pens with crocodiles inside separated from visitors by water moats and high concrete walls. As I walked by each pen, I took a peek at these scary creatures lying lazily in the shades. Most of them were lying in pack whereby it’s kind of scary to see that piles of scales and long tails. Some of the crocs kept their mouths open for better ventilation and the sight of their sharp fangs made them seem menacing.
As I walked further, I reached a concrete bridge with high railings spanned across a pond for visitors to view the crocodiles in a more close-up manner. I could see these creatures directly above them. Some of them were actively swimming in the pond while others were lying motionless in the shade. The handler introduced some of the crocs to us, poking at them with his bamboo rod. Some crocs were provoked by the handler’s act and they snapped the bamboo rod like a toothpick!
On some occasions, I spotted some older crocs with tougher skin, a sign of their maturity and some have even lost their teeth. But don’t be deceived. Even without teeth, they can still pack a crushing bite!
Some group of crocs were born with missing legs or a tail. We were told that they would not survive long if they were kept in the group with the normal breed because they would not be able to fight for food with their disabilities. One particular interesting croc was that it has a crook snout
which has been separated and kept in a special pen. This croc requires special diet with boneless meat and it is already 20 years old and were given a name.
Moving away from the adult crocs, I reached some smaller pens with younger crocodiles that were separated by age. These baby crocs were kind of cute since they resembled house lizards.
While the farm doesn’t offer special performance, the daily feeding time should be worth watching. It must be thrilling to see the crocodiles respond to natural instinct and feed. If you were lucky enough and arrived at the right time, you will be treated to a feeding show where you will be seeing these creatures fighting to tear their preys into pieces.
A croc jumped out of the water to grab the meat.
For a mere entrance fee of RM20, I feel that it is pretty much worth the money to see these magnificent reptiles. Upon headed for the exit, I developed a healthy respect for these remarkable creatures. The crocodile had hardly evolved since time immemorial and they resembles the
dinosaur the most that once roamed the earth.
A crocodile with a crook snout which has
been separated from the rest. From the sign board, this one has lost its
survival ability which makes it hard to be kept with other crocodiles.
A close up shot of this incredible
Lastly, there is a souvenir shop where you will find some of the finest products such as boots, purse, wallet, belt and so on that are made of crocodile skins. The price is very steep though ranging from a few hundreds of ringgit for a wallet to a few thousand ringgit for a pair of crocodile skin boots! They come with a certificate certifying that these are genuine crocodile skin products and are made at a legal crocodile farm.
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