Saturday, May 23, 2015


Below is a B&W image I took this week of a Dwarf Crocodile. He is a very cool small crocodilian whereas I wanted to depict in dark tones to better emphasize his awesome texture without any other distraction from the subject-matter outside of a faint view of the surface of the water.


Classification & Range -
The West African dwarf crocodile belongs to the family of crocodiles, Crocodylidae, which contains nearly all modern crocodilians (crocodile-like animals). The family Crocodylidae is divided into two subfamilies, Alligatorinae (alligators and caimans) and Crocodylinae (crocodiles). Dwarf crocodiles belong to the subfamily Crocodylinae. The dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) is itself divided into two subspecies: The Congo dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis osborni) and the West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis). The West African dwarf crocodile has a knob on its snout which distinguishes it from its Congolese cousin.

Habitat -
West African dwarf crocodiles live in smaller bodies of water (ponds, creeks, backwaters) throughout West Africa.

Length & Weight -
Books on crocodiles often say that dwarf crocodiles do not grow larger than about 5 feet (1.6 m) in length, but the male dwarf crocodile at Woodland Park is 6 feet, 3 inches (1.95 m) in length, and weighs 175 pounds (80 kg). Females tend to be much smaller, at only about 3-4 feet (.9-1.22 m) in length, and weigh far less than males. Our adult female weighs less than 40 pounds (18 kg).

Lifespan -
50-100 years (estimate).

Diet -
In the wild:Mainly fish, but also frogs, birds, small mammals. At the zoo: Rats, mice, fish. Crocodiles often snap at things that splash near their heads. In this way, they easily catch their lunch in the form of a jumping frog, fish or bird that has selected a poor place to land. When zoo visitors throw coins at crocodilians, the animals may snap at and swallow the coins, and become ill.

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