African dwarf crocodile

African Dwarf Crocodile

Osteolaemus 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

30 - 50 lbs

Up to 6.5 ft

87 – 126 days

Up to 20 eggs

IUCN Status
African dwarf crocodile

The African dwarf crocodile is heavily armored, having bony plates in the neck, back, and tail scales. 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.

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