A Dwarf Crocodile is the smallest crocodile species in the world. Unless you are walking around near the river banks in Africa, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see these little guys in the wild. In fact, you may have seen one at your local zoo. While they look cute, these crocodiles can bite if you upset them, especially if you’re on their territory. Here are more interesting facts about dwarf crocodiles.
- Dwarf Crocodiles can reach nearly 5 feet. They weigh between 40 and 70 pounds. If there is an odd large one, they can grow up to 6.2 feet.
- They are black with a yellow underside. Their entire body is covered with scales, with bony plates to protect their bodies from predators.
- Dwarf Crocodiles have a broad, blunted stout with conical teeth.
- They like to spend most of their time in the water, and they use their tails to propel themselves in the water. On the ground, they gallop.
- They are nocturnal, which means they are active at night. They are also carnivores, so they like to hunt their prey. Their favorites include toads and fish during the wet season.
- Dwarf crocodiles truly do like to be alone until mating season. The mating season takes place from May to June during the wet season. The hatchlings make a loud call at birth because they need the mother to help them out of the mound and bring them to the water.