West African Dwarf Crocodile

West African Dwarf Crocodile

Scientific Name: Osteolaemus tetraspis
Common Names: African Dwarf Crocodile, West African Dwarf Crocodile

Maximum adult length: 1.8 metres (5.9 feet)

 

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

 

The West African dwarf crocodile is the world’s smallest crocodile, growing up to 1.8 metres (5.9 feet). It is found alone or in pairs, in burrows and the hollows of low lying tree branches at the waters edge. It is a heavily armoured crocodile, which is dark in colour on the back and sides with a yellowish belly featuring many black patches. Dwarf crocodiles are a little-known species, unlike their more studied relatives.

 

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

References

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

 

At the zoo

Our pair of West African dwarf crocodiles, Monty and Jolie, is a long-established breeding pair, which has produced several clutches of hatchlings in recent years.

 

It is immediately evident when Monty and Jolie are expecting, as they become increasingly territorial and distrustful of the zookeeper team. Such is their aggression, that during the incubation period, the pair is typically left uninterrupted as they keep diligent guard of the nest mound. They really are excellent parents!

 

Visitors to Crocodiles of the World may meet some of Monty and Jolie’s offspring in the animal encounter zone, during animal handling and animal photo experiences.

 

Adopters

  • Amber Rainbow

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