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Jul 4, 2017

Thailand’s crocodile farms

Thailand’s crocodile farms

Thailand is home to some of the world's biggest crocodile farms, where tourists can see the giant reptiles lounging in the hot sun, chomping on chicken, or swarming in emerald green pools. Some 1.2 million crocodiles are kept on more than 1,000 farms in Thailand, according to figures from the Thai department of fisheries. Some are equipped with slaughterhouses and tanneries to produce luxury products

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Newly-hatched crocodiles are seen at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A Chinese tourist tries on a jacket made from crocodile skin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A worker helps a baby crocodile out of its shell at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Workers prepare dyed crocodile skins at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Chinese tourists touch a dyed crocodile skin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Dyed crocodile skins are displayed at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A crocodile is seen at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Crocodiles eat chicken heads at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A worker collects crocodile eggs at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A worker polishes a wallet made from crocodile skin at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Dyed crocodile skin is seen at a tannery in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, May 24, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Workers catch young crocodiles and put them into sacks at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Crocodiles are seen at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Newly-hatched crocodiles are seen in a basin at Sriracha Crocodile Farm in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 20, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A crocodile is seen at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A crocodile is seen at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Workers spray coating colour on dyed crocodile skins at a crocodile leather tannery in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, May 24, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A worker holds young crocodiles at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Dyed crocodile skins hang at a crocodile leather tannery in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, May 24, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A crocodile eats a chicken head at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A zoo performer reacts as he puts his head between the jaws of a crocodile during a performance for tourists at Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Workers feed crocodiles at Sri Ayuthaya crocodile farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Crocodiles are seen at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Crocodiles are seen at Sri Ayuthaya Crocodile Farm in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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A zoo worker places crocodile eggs inside a hatchery at Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Chonburi province, Thailand, May 16, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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Workers process crocodile meat at a slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, May 23, 2017. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

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