Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Sauropsida
Order Crocodilia
Family Crocodylidae
Genus Crocodylus
Subfamily Crocodylinae
Scientific Name Crocodylus intermedius
Orinoco crocodile
Orinoco crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile Description

  • The Orinoco crocodile hunted for its skin in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • They are one of the most critically endangered species.
  • Orinoco crocodiles are one of the largest living reptiles.
  • The largest Orinoco croc was shot in 1800.

Size & Weight

Adults: Male

  • TOTAL-LENGTH: 3.6 to 4.8 m (12 to 16 ft)
  • WEIGHT: 380 to 635 kg (838 to 1,400 lb)

Female

  • TOTAL LENGTH: 0 to 3.3 m (9.8 to 10.8 ft)
  • WEIGHT: 225 to 317 kg (496 to 699 lb)

Habitat

Llanos savannah, tropical forests, Andes foothills, freshwater rivers

Range

Colombia, Venezuela, island of Trinidad, riparian forests

Diet

Reptiles, mammals, birds, capybara, domestic animals

Reproduction

40 eggs

Hatching Period

2.5 – 3.0 months

Population

250 – 1,000

Lifespan

70 – 80 years

Status

Critically Endangered