Meet Nifty: the croc to maul them all
THE Northern Territory's Adelaide River may be about to get a new boss croc.
Agro, a 6.1m monster who rules a stretch of the waterway, is expected to be challenged by the croc formerly known as 800kg Nervous Nifty - the hero on the front page of today's NT News.
He lost the "nervous" from his name when he became a boss croc in his own right - and when he stopped being scared of his own tail.
The Original Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises skipper Lex Wilson said it was only a few years ago that the company would struggle to feed Nifty.
"He'd come to the boat to feed and touch the boat with his tail, think it was another croc, and run for his life," he said.
"He was also terrified of logs that looked too much like crocs."
However, since winning a few fights, he became a boss croc and got his own section of the river.
Mr Wilson said while Nifty and Agro fought fairly often, Agro was well into his 90s and would soon lose.
That would mean 5.5m Nifty would be the most dominant croc in the area.
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"They will fight to the death eventually, and then the winner will eat the loser to make sure he's not coming back for another round," Mr Wilson said.
With about 10 girlfriends in his patch, Nifty's big fight won't be his only one.
He'll also have to take on Scary Croc, another 5.5m beast.
All three crocs live within 1km of each other.
"We don't encourage croc fights but they're bloody good to watch," Mr Wilson said.
"We see some rippers, especially with the big guys."
Despite the third competitor, Mr Wilson said Nifty was expected to win.
"Nifty is a very aggressive croc and is a lot angrier than the others," he said.
"This time of year the water is getting colder, and so we're seeing a lot more crocs on the side of the rivers, sunning themselves, instead of jumping for the boats.
"Not Nifty, he's still just as energetic and ready for food as he is in the Wet season."
He can be identified by his particularly dark head and his missing nose which was bitten off in a fight years ago.
The final battle is likely to take place later this year, when the breeding season starts again.