Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Crocodylidae
  Scientific Name : Osteolaemus tetraspis

                 Colour : Black, Grey Yellow
            Skin Type : Scales
                 Size(L) : 1.7m -  1.9m 
                                 (5.5ft - 6.25ft)
                 Weight : 18kg - 32kg 
                                 (40lbs - 72lbs)

           Top Speed : 17km/h (11mph)
            Life Span : 40 - 75 years
Most Distinctive 
               Feature : Short and 
                                broad snout
            Fun Fact : Digs burrows in river 
                               banks to rest!
  1. Dwarf crocodiles are small crocodile species found in the West African rainforests.
  2. They are the smallest species of crocodiles with tough scales covering their entire body and a short, broad snout.
  3. They are also known as the Broad- Snouted Crocodile, the Bony Crocodile and the Black Crocodile.
  4. There are 2 species- West African Dwarf Crocodile and the Congo Dwarf Crocodile.
  5. Both the species differ in their appearance, behavior and geographic location.
  6. They grow between 1.6m and 1.9m in length.
  7. Their flat muscular tail webbing between feet and eyes and nostrils on top of their head help them adapt to aquatic life.
  8. They inhabit the slow moving rivers, permanent pools and swamps in the dense rainforest areas.
  9. They are solitary, nocturnal animals resting in underground burrows during the day.
  10. They breed at the start of rainy season; the females lay around 20 eggs which hatch after 3 months.
  11. The females build nests out of rotting vegetation, the decomposition of which keeps the eggs warm and incubated.
  12. They are carnivores feeding on fish, birds, crustaceans, frogs, toads and small mammals.
  13. Interestingly, they are thought to be an ancient species existing for the past 65 million years.
  14. They have a third eyelid which is transparent and helps them see underwater without damaging their eyes.
  15. They have flaps of skin covering their windpipe so that water does not enter their lungs while catching their prey.
  16. They have similar flaps to cover their nostrils and ears.
  17. The dwarf crocodiles were thought to be cannibals, as the mother carries her young in a throat pouch in their mouth.
  18. The mothers do that to get them to water safely, from their nests.

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