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Australian Freshwater Crocodile osteoderms

Natural Sciences Collection

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)

Osteoderms are the bony plates found within the dermal layers of a crocodiles skin. These osteoderms, from the Australian Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni), have been laid out with the skull to show their arrangement over the body. The osteoderms create a highly armoured, protective skin and also act as heat exchangers to control body temperature.

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  • Title: Australian Freshwater Crocodile osteoderms
  • Creator: Natural Sciences Collection
  • Medium: Bone

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