Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile Crocodylus intermedius

Type of Animal:

Lagoons, rivers, ponds, lakes, riverbanks, wetlands, tropical forest, streams, savanna, riparian forest, grasslands, floodplains, foothills (formerly), mostly freshwater but sometimes in saltwater

Orinoco & Meta River basins of Venezuela & Colombia. Once found in other areas of those 2 countries, including Andean foothills.

Long narrow snout, coloration comes in 3 forms-negro (dark grey), amarillo (pineapple yellow), & mariposo (green w/ grey spatterings), dark brown markings scattered in adults & appear is more pronounced bands in younger animals, light belly

Fish, birds, invertebrates, mammals up to size of cattle, reptiles (including anacondas, caimans, & smaller individuals of own species), amphibians. Human-eating crocs have occurred.

Status in Wild:
Critically Endangered

Breeding in zoos, aquariums, & breeding centers. Reintroductions into wild areas.

Groups consist of dominant male w/ 1-12 females though groups w/ 3 or 4 males w/ up to 20 females also occur. Same-sex groups of related individuals also occur as well as solitary animals & looser mixed-sex groups (typically outside of breeding season). Sub-adults & juveniles found in own groups. Each female lays 15-70 eggs.

Additional Info:

Male: Bull
Female: Cow
Young: Hatchling
Group: Bask/Float
Male: 700-840 lbs
Female: 440-496 lbs
Young: 3 lbs

3 months 

Life Span:
70-80 years

Body Length:
Male: 13.5-17.1 ft
Female: 9.8-10.5 ft
Young: 2.5 ft

Tail Length:
Male: 5 ft
Female: 4 ft

Main predators of adults are jaguars & anacondas (w/ fights to death occurring in which 1st one killed gets eaten). Sub-adults preyed on by adults. Young preyed on by caimans, lizards, vultures, coatis, eagles, snakes, hawks, ocelots, & foxes.
Critically endangered due to hunting for meat/skin, hunting for medicinal purposes (teeth to ward off evil spirits, fat to cure pain habitat loss, penises used as aphrodisiacs, etc.), egg/young collection, competition w/ caimans, killing out of fear, competition w/ humans for fish, water pollution, & dam construction.
Less than 100 years ago there were an estimated 3 million of these crocs-now that number is less than 1,000.
Young stay w/ mom for 1-3 years
Sexually mature at 8-10 years old.
Like many crocodilians, they’re ambush predators.
Males attract females w/ deep bellows/roars.
Rarest & longest crocodilian in New World.
They dig holes in sandy areas to lay eggs.

Fun Fact(s):
Like many crocodilians, nest/egg temperatures determine sex of young.
Sometimes go into dormant state in drier areas/seasons.
Like many crocs, these crocs can be highly aggressive- especially nesting/brooding females.
Orinoco Crocodile, Brookfield Zoo, me

1 thought on “Orinoco Crocodile

  1. keyexpertise.top

    And by any chance, for those who handle to interrupt open these spaces, the locks will likely be broken, and you’ll must get them
    replaced. There are basically two methods for a locksmith to open a normal lock.
    So whether or not it’s the hardware, the veneer, or a burn, there most likely is a solution. If you are utilizing an escutcheon below different hardware,
    drill new mounting holes as required. When the screw holes are very a lot enlarged,
    regulate them by one of the strategies detailed above.

    If old hardware holes are unattainable to restore,
    or in order for you to alter the look of a chunk entirely,
    the surface will be lined with new wooden or metal escutcheon plates.
    If this would not work, fasten the band or escutcheon with tiny metallic screws, of the same steel because the hardware.
    Loose hardware might be repaired; missing or damaged pieces must be
    replaced. Because the metal pieces of the electric choose gun vibrate, they push up on the pins in the
    lock, and as you turn the gun, you may be getting a number of the pins on the shear line.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *