Carcass of endangered crocodile found in central Vietnam

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A fisherman found a carcass of what is thought to be a critically endangered Siamese crocodile while fishing in a dam in the south central province of Phu Yen Saturday.

Le Dinh Hung of Song Hinh District saw the crocodile on the Ba Ha River hydropower dam and found it was already dead when he approached the animal.

He took it to the office of the Song Hinh District People's Committee. Authorities said the crocodile, 3.2 meters long and weighing more than 100 kg, could be a Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) -- a freshwater species native to Indonesia, Brunei, East Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It is listed as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and extinct in many places.

In 2005 the Institute of Tropical Biology discovered some Siamese crocodiles living in dams on Phu Yen's Ba and Hinh Rivers and in their basins.

Phu Yen is in fact the only place in Vietnam where the reptiles have been found.

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