Ostelaemus tetraspis tetraspis
West and central Africa
Slow-moving water in aquatic forests and savanna
Crabs, frogs, fish, small mammals, snakes, and birds
30 - 50 lbs.
Up to 6.5 ft.
87 – 126 days
Up to 20 eggs
- 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.
Threatened by habitat destruction and hunting for its skin and meat.
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