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Orinoco Crocodile   (Crocodylus intermedius)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This very rare species is the most critically endangered species of crocodile and found only in Venezuela and Columbia. They are the largest crocodilian (and predator) in the Americas and an apex predator that can consider almost any animal living in its proximity a potential meal. Despite their large size and ability to take down large prey, they are less aggressive than other crocodilians and attacks on humans are not a common behavior. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orinoco_crocodile

http://crocodilian.com/cnhc/csp_cint.htm

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Crocodylidae
Genus - Crocodylus
Species - C. intermedius

 
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