Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile
Ostelaemus tetraspis tetraspis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Crocodylia
FAMILY
Crocodylidae

Range

West and central Africa


Habitat

Slow-moving water in aquatic forests and savanna


Diet

Crabs, frogs, fish, small mammals, snakes, and birds

Weight

30 - 50 lbs.

Size

Up to 6.5 ft.

Incubation

87 – 126 days

Clutch

Up to 20 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • The dwarf crocodile usually lives alone and is nocturnal, coming out of burrows to feed at night.
  • After breeding, the female constructs a mound nest of vegetation and lays up to 20 eggs.
  • The African dwarf crocodile is heavily armored, having bony plates in the neck, back, and tail scales.

 

Conservation

Threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for its skin and meat.

Vulnerable

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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