West African Crocodile

Scientific Name: Crocodylus suchus
Irish Name: Crogall na hAfraice Thiar

Tests on Egyptian mummies show that this species once lived along the Nile, when the ancient Egyptians worshipped Sobek, the crocodile god. Today, it is found in swamps and swamp forests across western and central Africa. Occasionally, it lives in isolated pools in drier savannah habitats. There it is said to survive the dry season in burrows or deep among tree roots.

West African Crocodile

Tests on Egyptian mummies show that this species once lived along the Nile, when the ancient Egyptians worshipped Sobek, the crocodile god. Today, it is found in swamps and swamp forests across western and central Africa. Occasionally, it lives in isolated pools in drier savannah habitats. There it is said to survive the dry season in burrows or deep among tree roots.

General Information

Physical Description

Long and scaly body, shorter limbs, long powerful muscular tails. It's eyes, ears and nostrils are located on the top of its head.

Where do they live? (Natural habitat)

Lagoons and wetlands in forested regions of West and Central Africa.

How long do they live?

Up to 100 years.

What do they eat?

Fish, reptiles, bird and mammals.

Group Name

Bask, float.

Zoo location

Zoorassic

Closest Related Species/Sister Species

Nile crocodile

Animal Class

Reptilia

Animal Order

Crocodylia

Fun Facts

8000 Teeth

Crocodiles go through about 8000 teeth in their lifetime, if they loose one it is replaced right away with a new one.

Fast Swimmers!

Crocodile are fast swimmers, can swim up to 32kpm (20mph)!

Sweat

Crocodiles do not have sweat glands, they release heat through their mouths.

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Family Life

Baby Name

Hatchling

Gestation period

55-100 days

Number of young at birth

25 to 80 per year

Weight at birth

7-10 inches

Age at maturity

Around 10 years of age

Adult name

Crocodile

Size adult

1.5m -2.5m 225kg+

Fun Fact

Boy or Girl?

The sex of a crocodile is determined by the temperature of the nest. If the nest is 31.7 degrees C the hatchlings will be female. If the nest is between 31.8 and up to 34.5 degrees C the hatchlings will be male. Over 34.5 degrees C the hatchlings will be female.

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Conservation

IUCN status

Least Concern

Threats

Humans moving in too close

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