African slender-snouted crocodile
African slender-snouted crocodile Mecistops cataphractus
Weightup to 230kg
carnivorous (fish, small vertebrates)
lakes, rivers, marshes
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 evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW