The most widespread crocodile in India is the Mugger or Marsh Crocodile (Crocodilus palustris) which lives in fresh water and grows to 3-4m in length. The enormous Estuarine or Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodilus porosus), as much as 7m long, is a much sleeker looking species than the mugger. It is found in brackish waters and unlike the rather docile mugger, has an aggressive temperament. Both are found in the wild in Goa, notably in the Cumbarjua Canal which separates the island of Tiswadi from Ponda. Although turtles are commonly found in ponds, ditches and wells, the sea turtles including the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) which visit certain Goan beaches (Morjim, Calangute and Cabo de Rama among them) between October and December for laying their eggs, are being severely affected. Few baby turtles return to the sea since the eggs are taken to end up as a culinary delicacy despite attempts by the Forest Department to prevent the nests being plundered by villagers.

Marlem and Bitke Water Hole pointer

Marlem and Bitke Water Hole pointer