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Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf crocodile is a species of crocodile found in Africa. It is the smallest surviving species of crocodile. There are two subspecies of this species. The species is slow, timid and mainly nocturnal.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Crocodylidae
    Genus Osteolaemus
    Scientific Name Osteolaemus tetraspis


    Other Names African Dwarf Crocodile, Broad-snouted Crocodile, Bony Crocodile
    Size Around 1.5 m; largest recorded specimen measures 1.9 m
    Weight 18 to 32 kg; largest males weigh around 80 kg whereas largest females weigh up to 40 kg
    Color Back and side is uniform black, underside is yellowish with black patches
    Distribution Sub-Saharan West Africa, West Central Africa
    Habitat Swamps, rain forest rivers
    Diet Vertebrates, large invertebrates like crustaceans, fish, birds, carrion
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during cold weather
    Breeding Season May – June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 20 to 30 eggs
    Incubation Period 85 to 105 days
    Reproductive Age 5 to 6 years of age
    Average Lifespan 30 – 40 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on November 22nd 2016 by under Crocodiles,Crocodilians. Article was last reviewed on 4th April 2019.

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