Home > Animals > Reptiles > Slender-snouted Crocodile

Slender-snouted Crocodile   (Crocodylus cataphractus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

These crocodiles inhabit freshwater ecosystems in central and western Africa. Their narrow snouts are adapted to a diet consisting primarily of fish, snakes, amphibians, and crustaceans. Recent DNA evidence indicates that the central and western populations may actually be separates species that have been separated for 6.5-7.5 million years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender-snouted_crocodile

http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-african-slender-snouted-crocodile-two-species-01640.html

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Crocodylidae
Genus - Mecistops
Species - M. cataphractus

 
Did you know?
Interesting Animal Facts

The not-a-snake

The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard! Because unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids, visible ears, and like many lizards, its tail can break off in the mouth of a predator, allowing them to escape for another day. The slow worm belongs to the Anguidae family, and similarly (but independently) lost their limbs to better adapt to their environments. These “not-snakes” can be found in gardens throughout Europe and the UK, helping to control the population of slugs and other pests, though you probably won’t see any if you have a cat: a slow worm will likely prove a favorite food of your cat!

Learn more >>

 


NAIA - National Animal Interest Alliance Discover Animals is a web-based educational resource offered by the NAIA
To learn more about the NAIA or about other NAIA programs, visit us at www.NAIAOnline.org
if you would like to help, join or support the NAIA or any of its programs please click here >>