Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile

Crocodylus intermedius

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Quick Facts
Length: 9.9 to 16 feet
Weight: Male: 840 pounds; female: 440 pounds
Wild diet: Fish, aquatic vertebrates, birds, and small, terrestrial, shore-dwelling mammals
Distribution: Columbia and Venezuela
Habitat: Freshwater basins of Orinoco and Meta rivers

They are sexually dimorphic (have two distinct gender forms); males are larger and longer than females. They have three distinct color morphs: mariposo (greyish-green with dark black dorsal patches); amarillo (light tan with scattered darker areas); and negro (uniformly dark gray). Their snout is narrow and elongated and their mouth has 68 teeth. Their eyes are green.

Status in the Wild

They are protected by laws in Columbia and Venezuela, where they are threatened by hunting, habitat destruction, and the pet trade.

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