IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable
For more info on classifications, visit www.iucnredlist.org
Where they live
Freshwater in tropical rainforest, tropical grassland, estuaries, mangrove swamps
1.7 - 1.9 m long
Up to 60 years
Habitat loss, bush meat trade
Did you know...
- They are the only species of crocodile to have brown eyes, all other species have green It is the world’s smallest species of crocodile They can climb trees and can sometimes be found in the lower branches
More about crocodiles...
West African dwarf crocodiles can be found in the mangrove swamps, rainforests and slow moving rivers and streams of West Africa. During the day they bask in the sun in order to increase their body temperature. They are mostly active at night, and like to feed on small animals such as fish, insects, lizard, water birds and shrews.
West African dwarf crocodiles can lay up to ten eggs at a time. Females will lay their eggs in mounds of soil and vegetation. The female will then guard the eggs until they hatch, and then continue to look after the hatchlings once in the water.
West African dwarf crocodiles, like all crocodiles, have special glands in their tongues that can get rid of excess salt which allows them to live in the saltwater mangrove swamps. They have see-through eyelids to protect their eyes in the water without blocking their vision, and a special valve in their throats to keep them from swallowing water whilst swimming.
How you can help...
Adopt a Crocodile (West African Dwarf)!
Help prevent animals from becoming extinct by adopting an animal, you'll be supporting our zoo too!
Help support our zoo with a Gold adoption package with an additional zoo admission ticket, and personalised message displayed outside your adopted animalʼs enclosure.
£55.00Find out more
Help support our zoo with a Silver adoption package it includes an adoption certificate, a zoo admission ticket and lots of zoo treats!
£41.50Find out more