Crocodiles were reported at Kranji Reservoir and Sungei Buloh recently. But did you know there are at least 13,000 crocs in Kranji? Rei Kurohi visits the last surviving crocodile farm in S'pore.
The little week-old critter which bit this curious reporter's finger was a mere 15cm in length.
It did not break skin but things would be different if it were one of the breeding adults at Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm in Kranji.
The largest male breeding crocodile in the three pens at the farm is about 5.3m (or 17ft). Indeed, this Singapore behemoth nears the record for the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity: A giant in the Philippines was reported at 20ft or 6.2m.
Though it has never been officially weighed, a crocodile of that size can easily exceed 600kg, dwarfing the 400kg Barney, which was found dead recently.
"The first thing I tell my staff when they join me is never to put their hands or heads into the enclosure," says farm manager Robin Lee, 39.
"If you follow what I say, you can work for me for 20 years and I guarantee you won't get hurt," he adds.
He is quick to clarify that his farm did not receive Barney's carcass, as netizens speculated. In fact, he did not even know about the dead crocodile until he read about it last Sunday.
On Thursday, The New Paper on Sunday asked PUB what had happened to the carcass but it did not reply by press time.
Previous reports state that there are believed to be 10 crocodiles in the waters of north-eastern Singapore.