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West African Dwarf Crocodile

Osteolaemus t. tetraspis

ON EXHIBIT:  West and west-central Africa

West African Dwarf Crocodile


The dwarf crocodile is the world's smallest crocodile. This crocodile feeds primarily on fish during the wet season when the floods connect ponds and marshes to larger rivers. During the dry season they are forced to eat crustaceans and mollusks and their food intake is greatly reduced.

They are designated as a vulnerable species in the wild. They are vulnerable to habitat change and hunting. They are often killed for food.

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Photo by Chesil

About This Animal

SIZE: 6.3 ft (1.9 m)

RANGE: West and west-central Africa

HABITAT: Permanent pools in swamps and areas of slow-moving freshwater in rain forests

DIET: Fish, amphibians, crustaceans, and possibly other terrestrial prey