African Slender-snouted Crocodile
Up to 13 feet
Central western Africa
Open waterways, lakes, lagoons, and rivers
Wild - Generalized carnivore on smaller prey to about monkey size
Zoo - Fish, chicken, meat
Brownish to olive with some darker blotches. Bucklers (heavy scales on neck) in four rows, merging with dorsal scutes; jaws spotted or striped, very slender compared to Nile Crocodile.
Relatively solitary, seldom found in groups
A species of remote areas that remains poorly known
Clutch small for a crocodile, about 16 eggs laid in a nest dug at the end of the dry season. Young hatch in about 4 months, the mother helping dig them out of the nest and protecting them for a short time. The small young feed on crustaceans and other invertebrates.
CITES Appendix I; Endangered
Alderton, D. Crocodiles & Alligators of the World.