Orinoco crocodile

The Orinoco crocodile is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Orinoco crocodile differs in size, head shape, and armor pattern from the American crocodile (C. acutus), but genetically the two species are very close. It is possible that the Orinoco crocodile is just a freshwater subspecies of the American crocodile. More

The Orinoco Crocodile is one of the rarest reptiles in the world, with fewer than 250 specimens remaining in the wild. Its present-day range in the wild is restricted to the Orinoco River Basin. More

The Orinoco Crocodile, Crocodylus intermedius, is a critically endangered crocodile found in freshwater in northern South America, in particular the Orinoco river. Typical measurements for adults range from 3 to 4.8 m (9.9-16 ft). More

He believes the Orinoco crocodile population may have risen above critically endangered levels. Similar conservation schemes have been used to great effect in the United States, where populations of the thriving American alligator had been heavily decimated by the 1960s. More

The Orinoco crocodile is a large, relatively long-nosed crocodile restricted to the middle and lower reaches of the Orinoco River in Venezuela and Colombia (Thorbjarnarson and Franz 1987). More

reintroduction of Orinoco crocodiles in the the wild as an effort revocer their populations and later in 1998, while I was looking for anacondas with a filming crew from England, we were lucky enough to find the first two clutches of the reintroduced animals in the More

"For handbags, belts, and shoes, Orinoco crocodiles in South America were hunted ruthlessly for decades. By the mid-1960s they had been nearly wiped out in the Orinoco River Basin of Venezuela and Colombia. More

The Orinoco crocodile is South America's largest predator. The males at one time reached lengths of 23 ft (7 m), bit due to overhunting of the larger specimens the average size is now 16.6 ft (5 m). More

Orinoco Crocodile - Female jumping out of the water to protect nest situated on riverbank Orinoco Crocodile - Female jumping out of the water to protect nest situated on riverbank = WAT-8948 Orinoco Crocodile - Female jumping More

Images Orinoco crocodile on river bank The Orinoco crocodile is one of the larger crocodilians (a group that also includes alligators, caimans and the gharial), with a relatively narrow snout and a minor swelling in front of the eyes. More

When the waters subside in the dry season, Orinoco crocodiles retreat into burrows excavated into riverbanks (4). Breeding females excavate hole-nests on exposed sand banks, typically laying around 40 eggs. The female remains close to the nest site to guard it from vultures and tegu lizards (2). More

Head drawing The Orinoco crocodile is one of the larger crocodilian species, with historical records of animals reportedly reaching 6 and even 7 metres (unconfirmed). More

Many Orinoco Crocodiles have been killed and used for bags and shoes. Now actions are being made to care for them from the egg stage, and return them to the wild. Size & Weight (Adult) Total length: Approx. More

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It is home for the Orinoco crocodile, one of the most critically endangered large animals in the world. It is the only crocodile species whose distribution range is contained within a single river basin (the Orinoco River basin). More

* In order to implement actions for Orinoco crocodiles’ conservation in Colombia and Venezuela, the ministries of environment in both countries signed the Binational Orinoco Crocodile Agreement, that seeks articulate actions to preserve the species. More

sibling, the Orinoco Crocodile, are reputed to reach lengths in excess of 6 meters—and well over one ton in weight! They share the dubious distinction, therefore, of being the largest predators in the Neotropics – a title the American Crocodile alone holds in Central America! However, not that More

animals such as the Orinoco Crocodile to over collection that the Spectacled Caiman has actually expanded it's range. The Black Caiman and the Spectacled Caiman seem to co-exist in many of their shared habitats. More

As the name would imply the Orinoco crocodile is found in the middle and lower parts of the Orinoco River in the Llanas Savannah of Venezuela and Colombia, South America Habitat: They prefer freshwater, but do have a tolerance for high salinity, as More

Orinoco Crocodiles have a body length between 3 and 4 m (9.8 - 13 ft). They are pale green/yellow in colour and they have short, powerful legs and a long, powerful tail. More

The Orinoco crocodile was very common up to the mid-1930s, but its large size and a lack of osteoderms in the belly skin resulted in heavy exploration of their hides and its entire population is now greatly depleted. More

Description : The Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) is one of the largest predators found in South America. More

Common names

Cocodrilo del orinoco in English - English
Cocodrilo del orinoco in Spanish - español
Crocodile de l'orénoque in French - français
Crocodilo-do-orinoco in Portuguese - Português
Crocodylus intermedius in Italian - Italiano
Crocodylus intermedius in Spanish - español
Krokodil Orinoko in Breton - brezhoneg
Krokodýl orinocký in Czech - česky
Orinoco crocodile in English - English
Orinoco timsahı in Turkish - Türkçe
Orinocokrokodil in Dutch - Nederlands
Orinoconkrokotiili in Finnish - suomen kieli
Orinokokrokodil in German - Deutsch
Амазонски крокодил in Bulgarian - български език

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Order : Crocodylia
Family : Crocodylidae
Genus : Crocodylus
Species : Crocodylus intermedius
Authority : Graves, 1819