Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile


Orinoco Crocodile Range Map (S America)
Orinoco Crocodile Range Map (S America)


Latin Name Crocodylus intermedius
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
Location South America
Colour Pale Green/Yellow
Length 3 - 4 m (9.8 - 13 ft)
Weight -
Breeding

Oviparous

Main Characteristics

Orinoco Crocodiles have a body length between 3 and 4 m (9.8 - 13 ft). They are pale green/yellow in colour and they have short, powerful legs and a long, powerful tail.

Habitat

Orinoco Crocodiles are restricted to the Orinoco River and the Meta River drainage basins in Columbia and Venezuela in South America.

Diet

Orinoco Crocodiles mainly feed on reptiles, birds, mammals, fish and invertebrates.

Breeding

Orinoco Crocodiles breed during the dry season and 14 weeks after mating the female will dig a nest in a sand bank and lay her eggs. After approximately 3 months the young crocodiles hatch and call out to their mother. She will dig out the youngsters, carry them to the water and she will defend them until they are a year old.

Predators

Humans are the main predators of adult Orinoco Crocodiles. Youngsters are preyed upon by caimans, anacondas, tegu lizards, american black vultures and other carnivores.

Interesting Facts

Orinoco Crocodiles are the largest predator in South America.

Similar Animals

American Crocodile
Morelet's Crocodile
Cuban Crocodile

 


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