African dwarf crocodile.
African dwarf crocodile.

African Dwarf Crocodile

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The African dwarf crocodile is the smallest species of crocodile. It does not mean that the dwarf crocodile is particularly small, it is just smaller than the other crocodiles, between 1.5 and 2 meters long.

African dwarf crocodile.

African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis), Toronto Zoo.

African dwarf crocodiles, just like other crocodilians, are predators. Because of their smaller size they are also preyed upon by other predators. Humans also hunt dwarf crocodiles for bush meat. African dwarf crocodiles are also vulnerable to habitat destruction, but because of their large range they aren’t particularly threatened at this time.

Further Readings:

Dwarf crocodile on Wikipedia.
West African dwarf crocodile on the Toronto Zoo website.
Last updated: December 19, 2014

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