Dwarf Crocodile

[Osteolaemus tetraspis]

The Dwarf Crocodile is a heavily armored, small crocodile which reaches a maximum length of 6.5 feet. The dwarf crocodile has a short snout, and the upper eyelid is almost completely ossified. This is a timid, slow moving, nocturnal animal which, as an adult is usually solitary. Although it usually feeds in water it apparently spends a lot of time on land, and it inhabits holes excavated in the banks of streams.

Location: The RainForest Lower

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Range

The Dwarf Crocodile has a range of West and west central Africa including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroons, Gabon, Liberia and Angola


Habitat

Dwarf Crocodiles inhabit swamps and swamp forests; slow moving, calm bodies of water.


Gestation

The incubation of dwarf crocodile eggs takes 85-105 days.


Litter

Clutch Size: 16-30 eggs


Behavior

The Dwarf Crocodile is a timid, slow moving, nocturnal animal which, as an adult is usually solitary. Although it usually feeds in water it apparently spends a lot of time on land, and it inhabits holes excavated in the banks of streams. In forested areas they are known to make extensive nocturnal forays on land, especially after rains, but the purpose of these trips is not fully understood.


Reproduction

Female dwarf crocodiles are mound-nesters, constructing a nest that is approximately 5 feet in diameter. The eggs are laid early in the wet season. Newly laid eggs are semitransparent and a yellowish color. One day after laying they begin to exhibit a narrow white band which expands with time to give the whole egg a milky white appearance. Hatching may take up to a week after the first crack appears. Females are good mothers, guarding the eggs in carefully constructed nests. Hatchlings are 8-12" long and weigh about 1 3/4 oz. After hatching the young remain with the mother for several weeks.


Wild Diet

Fish, frogs and crustaceans


Zoo Diet

Large mice or small rats once or twice a week depending upon appetite



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