Cuban Crocodile

Cuban Crocodile

Scientific Name: Crocodylus rhombifer
Common Names: Cuban Crocodile

Maximum adult length: 3.5 metres (11.4 feet)

 

N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.

 

The Cuban crocodile is a medium sized but aggressive species of crocodile which today can only be found in Cuba’s Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth. It is medium sized with adult males reaching a maximum length of 3.5 metres (11.4 feet). It is the most terrestrial of all the crocodilians and has big, strong legs, which gives it a unique high walk. It is often regarded as the most aggressive species of crocodile. In contrast to their usual solitary hunting habits, Cuban crocodiles in captivity developed pack-hunting behaviour. Already ferocious on their own, these animals pose a formidable threat as a pack.

Kingdom
ANIMALIA
Phylum
CHORDATA
Class
REPTILIA
Order
CROCODYLIA
Family
CROCODYLIDAE
Genus
CROCODYLUS

References

IUCN Red List (September, 2014) http://www.iucnredlist.org

 

At the zoo

Torpedo and Missile, our pair of female Cuban crocodiles are quite the femme fatales. Lightening fast, ultra sharp and nearly always fiery-tempered, they keep our zookeeper team on their toes.

 

Both have exceptional intelligence and have been trained to respond to Shaun’s commands.

 

If you are lucky to enough to view a feeding demonstration, check out their noticeable ‘high-walk’ and their amazing jumping prowess – especially toward prey-food items. These girls mean business!

 

Adopters

  • Grant Keppler
  • Bouisson Dominique
  • Duncan Dudley-Hicks

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