dwarf crocodiles

Meet the dwarf crocodile, one of the live residents of the new exhibition, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. These shy forest dwellers spend much of the day hidden in earthen burrows and emerge after dark to search for food. Unlike most crocodilians, dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis) do much of their hunting on land—prowling the forest at night, far from water.

See the exhibition Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, now open!

Sonic AU where everyone’s the size of their respective animal in our world.


Robert Irwin, 13-year-old son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, shows Jimmy some animals including a dwarf crocodile, a red-tail boa and two sloths.

Interesting Facts About Croodiles:

  • The largest crocodile species is saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), encountered from India to northern Australia and Fiji. In can reach 7 m (23 ft) in length and 1 tonne in weight! At 5 m (17 ft) length, it already has 0.5 tonne!
  • a crocodile egg is no larger than that of a goose!
  • The smallest crocodile is the dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) from central Africa, which has a maximum length of 1.9 m (6.5 ft). It is more terrestrial than other crocodiles.
  • Crocodile skin is considered one of the finest and best, being soft and durable. In many tribal societies, skin crocodile is used as a symbol of high status. But only the skin on the belly has these qualities; the back skin is covered in bones (called osteoderms) that reflects arrows, spears and even bullets!
  • A crocodile skin purse can cost $ 15,000. The value of the crocodile skin has been fueling an intense poaching and today many of the 23 species of crocodiles and relatives are threatened, many populations being wiped out. The salvation of the crocodiles could come from the crocodile farms.
  • Croocodiles display increased aggressiveness during the mating season (linked to the monsoon).
  • Each crocodile jaw carries 24 sharp teeth meant to grasp and crush, not to chew.