11 June 2012
Like many co-habiting couples coping with an arranged marriage, Terra, one of Australia Zoo's most beautiful female crocodiles, does not yet seem totally happy to share her blankets with her potential mate, Bosco!
Terra moved in with Bosco late last year to provide a more natural setting for the pair, providing stimulation and good company to one another.
"We thought Terra and Bosco would be a perfect couple, and they have been getting along really well, to the point where Terra started nesting this season, and Bosco would often sit by to keep her company," said Josh Ruffell, Australia Zoo reptiles curator.
He said the couple's sunny enclosure should be an ideal love nest as it features a spa perfect for reptilian relaxation but, while the relationship is progressing well, Terra and Bosco need to be very comfortable with one another to share their cosy spa.
"The crocs aren't quite at that point in their living arrangements just yet, so we've moved Terra off-display for winter," Josh said. "We're thinking that absence will make the heart grow fonder, so she will be reunited with Bosco in spring and hopefully they'll be even closer by next season."
It took the combined efforts of ten croc keepers to move the three metre long, one hundred kilogram saltwater crocodile to a warm off-display enclosure.
Josh said that Terra arrived at Australia Zoo several years ago from Queensland Parks & Wildlife. "She is one of our most beautiful girls, with her light colouration making her quite unique."
For more awesome photos of Terra's move, check out Australia Zoo's Facebook page!