dwarf crocodile

Osteolaemus tetraspis

Common name

dwarf crocodile

Habitat

It lives in the freshwater courses of equatorial forests and jungles.
Features

Family

crocodylidae

Medals

crocodylia

Class

Reptilia

Gestation

100 days

Number of offspring

11-20 eggs

Preproduction

ESB

Diet

It feeds mainly on fish, crabs and amphibians.

Life

70 years

Biology and behavior

This crocodile only reaches 2,2 m in length. It has four well-developed legs, the hands have 5 fingers while the feet only 4, they have a very robust and laterally flattened tail, which they use to propel their swimming.

The eyes and nostrils are above the waterline, which allows them to stalk their prey while remaining hidden in the waters where they live.

Among their adaptations to life in water we find a type of valve in the nostrils and ears, which when closed prevents the entry of water during immersion.

They are the only reptiles with a secondary palate, which allows them to eat their food in water without it drowning them. Their eyes have a transparent third eyelid that protects them.

Some
curiosities

The African dwarf crocodile occupies the lower part of dense jungle forest and requires less water than other crocodile species.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island