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Businessman Mick Burns is standing inside a shed filled with young crocodiles and casually picks one up. “Touch its belly. It’s so soft, isn’t it?” he says, holding the crocodile’s snout shut. It’s a sort of sweet moment from a hardcore man – in the summer, Burns spends 500 hours in helicopters flying to remote locations to forage for eggs in croc nests.

There are around 60,000 of these prehistoric creatures housed in sheds, ponds and tanks on the biggest saltwater crocodile farm in the southern hemisphere. Due to their aggressive nature and pro…



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