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Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles do not secrete chitinases, so any chitinous or keratinous substances, such as hair or mollusk shells, accumulate in the gut and are ejected through the mouth.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The average lifespan of wild slender-snouted crocodiles is unknown, but captive individuals have been documented to live for at least 38 years.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Little is known about the specific courtship and mating systems of slender-snouted crocodiles, but they are generally known to engage in sex-specific mating rituals in the water.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The stomachs of slender-snouted crocodiles often contain gastroliths of various sizes that serve to grind and break down food in the digestive tract.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

If a hatchling shows no sign of emerging, the mother slender-snouted crocodiles will carefully place the egg in her mouth and crack it.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles have been known to share their nests with other species of crocodilians in order to deter predators.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Among species in the genus Crocodylus, slender-snouted crocodiles produce the lowest average number of eggs per clutch, 8-22, but also exhibit the largest average egg size at 8 cm. long and...

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles show their dominance using different rituals and perform visual displays to attract potential mates.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Male slender-snouted crocodiles are territorial, not tolerating males and only living with females during mating seasons.

Hearing is very well developed in slender-snouted crocodiles, likely to be the primary sense organ when underwater, and is more sensitive than in other reptiles.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodile hatchlings resemble mature adults and are fully capable of feeding and swimming from the moment they hatch.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Like all crocodile species, the slender-snouted crocodile lays eggs with the temperature of the nesting conditions determining the sex of the hatchlings.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Newborn slender-snouted crocodiles are defended and cared for by both parents for some time after hatching.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Female slender-snouted crocodiles construct 120-200 cm. wide nests of dead vegetation and mud using their hind legs.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

As with all crocodilian species, adult slender-snouted crocodiles are capable of severely injuring or killing humans.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Due to their limbs being short relative to the size of their body, slender-snouted crocodiles move awkwardly outside of the water, belly crawling through mud and high walking over rocks.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodilians have a powerful bite force and their mouths are equipped with many sharp teeth that are designed for grabbing and hanging on to their prey and regrow when lost...

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles are assumed to see in color and have great night vision, but their vision is limited underwater.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodile eggs and hatchlings are preyed on by otters, leopards, various birds and rodents, and even other crocodiles.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The slender-snouted crocodiles breeding season takes place at the start of the rainy season in January and February and lasts until July.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles have a carnivorous, predatory diet and feed on fish, small crustaceans, and mammals that drink from the rivers and lakes where the crocodiles live.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodile populations are projected to decline 60-90%, making the species extinct within one generation.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

As in all crocodilian species, sexual dimorphism is present in slender-snouted crocodiles with males being larger than females of the same age class.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The powerful tail of the slender-snouted crocodile gives it forward propulsion in the water, allowing it to move in a graceful, serpentine motion.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodile skin is used to make clothing and accessories and the meat provides a means of sustenance in many areas.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

As with all crocodilians, the slender-snouted crocodile's facial features sit atop its head, suiting its ambush predatory lifestyle by allowing it to remain mostly submerged underwater when stalking prey.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles inhabit forest, savanna, inland wetlands, marine neritic, and marine coastal/supratidal habitats.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted crocodiles are endemic to central Africa from Senegal in the west, Tanzania in the east, Chad in the north, and Zambia in the south.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The slender-snouted crocodile is listed as "Critically Endangered" due to exploitation, habitat alteration, human encroachment, invasive species, and population reductions of 50-80%.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

A recent molecular phylogenetic analysis suggested that slender-snouted crocodiles constitute a distinct genus, Mecistops, though some authors continue to use the genus name Crocodylus.

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

As the common name suggests, the slender-snouted crocodile can be distinguished from other crocodiles by its extremely long, slender snout, olive-colored back, and yellow-colored ventral surface.