Joel Callen

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Fri, 29 May, 2015

Meet the Melbourne woman who snuggles with her pet crocodiles

Meet the Melbourne woman who snuggles with her pet crocodiles

A Melbourne woman has taken her love of reptiles to an extreme, with her collection including several crocodiles. Vicki Lowing shares her home with three crocodiles, nine snakes, four lizards, four turtles and a goanna.

Ms Lowing has been an avid wildlife and reptile advocate for over 40 years, having fallen in love with crocodiles when she was just six years old. At 22, Ms Lowing got her very first saltwater crocodile, Rocky. Eleven years later, Johnie, followed. Now 19, Johnie has the run of the house; snuggling up to the family cat in bed, joining Vicki for a shower, or going for a casual walk on a leash. He’s the only known domesticated freshwater crocodile in the world.

Ms Lowing reveals that it costs her about $150 each week to feed all of her reptiles, not to mention the costs generated by the heaters around the house. An electricity bill can range from $800 to $1300 per quarter, but Vicki wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vicki Salty

“Their curiosity is adorable, they love to play and are very dog-like in that respect, and the bond I have with Johnie surprises me every day and it’s built on respect,” Ms Lowing reveals.

If you’d like to learn more about Vicki’s reptiles, or possibly arrange a personal encounter, you can visit her website here.

Image credit: Tim Carrafa

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