African slender-snouted crocodile

African slender-snouted crocodile Mecistops cataphractus

ClassReptilia
OrderCrocodylia
FamilyCrocodylidae
Size2-4m
Weightup to 230kg
Incubation90–100 days
Eggs13–27
Life-span50 years
Diet
carnivorous (fish, small vertebrates)

Habitat
lakes, rivers, marshes

Range
central and west Africa


African slender-snouted crocodiles like wet environments with thick vegetation. Dense canopies protect their nests from direct sunlight, allowing them to maintain the ideal temperature for egg incubation. Indeed, good incubation conditions are essential for the normal development of embryos.
 
Less is known about African slender-snouted crocodiles than any other crocodile. We do know that the species is endangered because of being hunted for its skin and meat, as well as through the destruction of its habitat. Because of their long narrow snouts, these crocodiles are also very prone to getting caught up in fishing nets when trying to catch fish.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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