Ho Chi Minh City has exported 3,985 crocodiles so far this year, nearly two times the total of 2012, according to the city’s Forest Protection Division.

Exporters have earned revenues of 15 billion VND (700,000 USD) so far.

Of the exported crocodiles, 3,710 were alive, up four times against the total number of the live reptiles exported last year.

The number of licences under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) granted so far this year to the city’s crocodile breeding and trading enterprises has increased by 37.6 times against the same period last year.

The city’s CITES-licensed enterprises have exported crocodiles and crocodile-relates products mostly to China, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The city now raises about 176,000 crocodiles, according to the Forest Protection Division.-VNA