Cuban Crocodile

Cuban Crocodile

Cuban Crocodile Range Map (Cuba, Caribbean)
Cuban Crocodile Range Map (Cuba, Caribbean)

Latin Name Crocodylus rhombifer
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
Location Cuba, Caribbean
Colour Black/Yellow
Length Up to 3.5 m (11.5 ft)
Weight -


Main Characteristics

Cuban Crocodiles have a body length up to 3.5 m (11.5 ft) and males are larger than females. They have black and yellow speckled colouration on their back with a pale coloured underside. Their tail is marked with black blotches and/or black banding.

They are strong swimmers but their feet have reduced webbing which also enables them to move well on land.


Cuban Crocodiles are only found in Cuba and they have the smallest range of any crocodilian species. They inhabit the Zapata Swamp in northwest Cuba and the Lanier Swamp on Isla de Juventud.


Cuban Crocodiles mainly feed on fish, small mammals and turtles.


Cuban Crocodiles begin breeding in May and the breeding season lasts for 3 - 4 months. They lay an average of 30 - 40 eggs in a mound of mud and vegetation. The eggs hatch after 58 - 70 days.


Humans are the main threat to Cuban Crocodiles.

Interesting Facts

Cuban Crocodiles have a life expectancy of 50 - 75 years.

Similar Animals

Orinoco Crocodile
American Crocodile
Morelet's Crocodile


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