Orinoco Crocodile

(Crocodylus intermedius)


Facts

Orinoco Crocodile IUCN CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (CR)

 

Facts about this animal

The Orinoco Crocodile has a very long snout, up to 2.8 times as long as broad at the level of the front corners of the eyes and more than 5 times as long as broad at the level of the nasal swelling. The surface is smooth, without bony ridges or unpaired elevations in front of the eyes. The colour of the upper body surface is olive, with dark crossbands on the trunk and on the tail. The lower surface is uniformly light, without dark blotches. The iris is greenish. It can grow up to a length of 7 m, but is usually about 4 m.

Did you know?
that all crocs store fat in their tails, so they can go for quite a while without eating if necessary as long as two years for some big adults?


 

Factsheet
Class REPTILIA
Order CROCODYLIA
Suborder EUSUCHIA
Family CROCODYLIDAE
Name (Scientific) Crocodylus intermedius
Name (English) Orinoco Crocodile
Name (French) Crocodile de l'Orénoque
Name (German) Orinokokrokodil
Name (Spanish) Cocodrilo del Orinoco
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Colombia, Venezuela
Habitat Freshwater riverine
Wild population Approx.:250-1.500 in 2009 (Crocodilian 2012).C. intermedius is today one of the most endangered crocodile species in the world. This giant (up to a length of 7m) lives today only in very few spots in Colombia and Venezuela and is highly threatened by illegal killing and habitat destruction, despite strict protection and management through ranching.
Zoo population 13 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Orinoco Crocodile

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 42 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Why do zoos keep this animal

C. intermedius is very rarely exhibited in zoos. Breeding for conservation purposes would however be higly welcome in this species.