Orinoco Crocodile

Crocodylus intermedius

Critically endangered crocs!

Orinoco crocodile are native to Colombia and Venezuela. They became critically endangered due to hunting for their meat, skin and teeth (which is believed to have medicinal benefits).

About the Species

Limited comeback

These crocs were saved from extinction when a group of local Venezuelan farmers began breeding them on private lands, establishing a conservation program. Today, only two facilities in the United States are breeding this species—the Dallas World Aquarium and the Gladys Porter Zoo. These breeding and conservation programs are working together to release and introduce individuals hatched in human care into their native habitats of Colombia and Venezuela, hopefully reestablishing a population in the wilderness.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

Orinoco crocodiles are some of the world's largest crocodilians- even though our Roberta is still small!

Dave

Did You Know?

These are South America's largest predators- some reaching 22 feet!

Facts

Origin

Orinoco river in Colombia and Venezuela

Habitat

Freshwater rivers

Size

Up to 22 feet long

Diet

Fish, birds and small mammals

Predators

Humans

Natural Defenses

Large teeth, camouflage, thick skin

Reproduction

Up 70 eggs

Status

Critically endangered

Life Expectancy

Up to 80 years

  • Saving Animals From Extinction
  • Culture Builds Florida
  • Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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