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Orinoco crocodile
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Orinoco Crocodile

Crocodylus intermedius

About

Found in rivers in a small part of South America, Orinoco crocodiles are among the largest predators on the continent. Crocodiles have long, narrow snouts. They show off their more than 60 teeth locked in a strong grip when their jaws are closed. They live in rivers and streams. Scales along their skin protect them from predators and help them warm up when basking in the sun.

Females Orinoco crocodiles are good mothers! They lay dozens of eggs in a hole in the ground, guarding them for about 3 months until they are ready to hatch. The mother then protects her young from predators for more up to 3 years. Crocodiles can live more to be more than 50 years old!

Size
Up to 20 feet long and about 800 pounds
Live in
Colombia and Venezuela
Food
Fish, reptiles, mammals
IUCN Red List Status
Critically Endangered
Crocodile close-up of snout

Conservation

Orinoco crocodiles are Critically Endangered due to habitat loss, pollution and hunting. Protecting habitats and individuals is important to preventing further losses. The Zoo cares for adults and participates in breeding programs to help grow their populations.

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