Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) CAPTIVE juvenile.
CITIES 1 ENDANGERED SPECIES and almost extinct in the wild after being hunted for their skins.
FUDECI (Fundacion para el Desarrollo de las Ciencias Fisicas, Matematicas y Naturales) an NGO rearing & reintroducing into the wild, Puerto Ayacucho, VENEZUELA South America
Males reach 6m & Females 3.5m. They dig nests both on sandy beaches or in soil. Laying 15-70 eggs. The females stay near the nests and protect the young. Nest are heavily predated upon by Crab eating foxes and Tegue Lizards.
HABITAT: Prefer mouths of primary tributaries of large rivers and seem to much prefer rivers through the Orinoco Savannahs to those through Orinoco forests. Travel large distances during the winter months into areas of lagoons and lakes to avoid fast flowing currents of the main rivers.
DISTIBUTION: Orinoco River of Colombia and Venezuela and Trinidad.