Dwarf crocodile

About This Project

Measuring less than two metres in length, this crocodile is a powerful swimmer with a body well-adapted to the water. It catches its prey by surprise, generally taking them in the water when they come down to drink.

Non-aggressive by nature, it is hunted for its meat and is also suffering from loss of habitat. It may soon disappear from some countries.

Latin name: Osteolaemus tetraspis
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Size: 1.8 metres long
Weight: 18 – 30 kg
Lifespan: 70 years
Incubation: 100 days
Number of eggs: 10-14
Habitat: swamps, flood plain
Diet: carnivorous
Distribution: West and Central Africa
Conservation status: Vulnerable