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Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco crocodile is a species of crocodile endemic to Colombia and Venezuela. It is an extremely critically endangered species of crocodile. The population of the species is very small. The species is among the largest extant reptiles and the largest predator in the Americas.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Sauropsida
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Crocodylidae
    Subfamily Crocodylinae
    Genus Crocodylus
    Scientific Name Crocodylus intermedius


    Size Average size of males is  4.1 m; up to 5.2 m
    Weight Male: Around 380 kg
    Female: Around 225 kg
    Color Ranges from pale tan to yellowish to dark brownish-gray
    Distribution Colombia and Venezuela
    Habitat Llanos savannah, seasonal freshwater rivers
    Diet Large fish, reptiles, birds, mammals
    Breeding Season Drier season (January – February)
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 40 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 months
    Average Lifespan 60 – 80 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on November 25th 2016 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 7th August 2018.

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