Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Class Reptilia
Order Crocodilia
Family Crocodylidae
Genus Crocodylus
Subfamily Crocodylinae
Scientific Name Osteolaemus tetraspis
Dwarf Crocodile
Dwarf Crocodile ©The Online Zoo

Other Names

African dwarf crocodile, broad-snouted crocodile, bony crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile Description

  • Dwarf crocodiles are extremely slow in movement.
  • They are nocturnal animals.
  • The dwarf crocodile also digs a burrow where it hides itself all day long.

Size & Weight

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 5 m (4.9 ft)
  • WEIGHT: 18 and 32 kg (40 and 71 lb)


Invertebrates, crustaceans, vertebrates, fish, reptiles, mammals, birds


Swamps, rainforest rivers, savannah


West Central Africa, Senegal, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, sub-Saharan West Africa


10 – 20 eggs

Breeding Season

May – June

Incubation Period

85 – 105 days

Conservation Status