Sunday, 1 January, 2017

46 year old Benetulier Lesuffleur was bitten on the right thigh by a Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) while attempting to take a "selfie" with the crocodile alongside her husband at the Haew Suwat waterfall - Pha Kluay Mai trail in Khao Yai National Park. She apparently fell over while trying to take the selfie and the crocodile reacted by biting her right thigh. She was treated for her injuries in Prachinburi. Local authorities state that the couple had gone off the trail and ignored signs warning of crocodile presence.

Location data

Latitude: 14.430260000000
Longitude: 101.400787000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 46
Sex: Female
Activity Detail: Attempting to take a "selfie" with the crocodile/fell over near it/unintentionally provoked
Witnessed: Yes
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2017-01-01 Precise
Species Certainty
Siamese Crocodile Certain
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About the crocodilian

Siamese Crocodile

The Siamese crocodile is a medium sized crocodilian reaching a maximum length of around 4 m (13 ft). It is also one of the world's most endangered crocodilian species with only a handful of small viable populations scattered in a few localities. The highest numbers of existing Siamese crocodiles are found within Cambodia (particularly within the Cardamom Mountains) but small viable populations are also found within Indonesia (Lake Mesangat, East Kalimantan) and Laos; reintroduction efforts have also been conducted in Vietnam (Cat Tien NP) and Thailand (Pang Sida NP). The species was likely much more widely distributed in historical times throughout Indochina and portions of Indonesia/Malaysia. The Siamese crocodile is primarily a freshwater species preferring swamps and lakes with floating vegetation, although it may also enter brackish areas on occasion. Juvenile diet includes primarily invertebrates and small fish, while adults have been documented preying upon larger fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals; the broad-snout of this species suggests that prey variety may be fairly generalized. The species appears to be, for the most part, relatively shy and inoffensive to humans. With the exception of re-introduced crocodiles, viable populations of this species have been virtually extirpated from Thailand and Vietnam; elsewhere the species is severely threatened by habitat destruction (e.g. the construction of hydropower dams) and both accidental and deliberate killings (e.g. electro-fishing, poaching). 

Estimated Wild Population: under 5,000.

Conservation Status: Critically Endangered. 

Crocodylus siamensis

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-01-04 21:05 Brandon Sideleau & Joseph Robertia 100-6310 6310