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    African Slender-Snouted Crocodile (Crocodylus cataphractus)

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    African Slender-Snouted Crocodile (Crocodylus cataphractus)

    Post by sesrocker on April 26th 2009, 23:32



    Scientific Name: Crocodylus cataphractus
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Sauropsida
    Order: Crocodilia
    Family: Crocodylidae
    Subfamily: Crocodylinae
    Genus: Crocodylus

    Habitat
    Slender-snouted crocodiles are native to freshwater habitats in central and western Africa.

    Physical Characteristics
    They can grow to about 3 - 4 meters long. They have a slender snout used for catching prey, hence their name.

    Diet
    Their diet consists of mainly fish, amphibians and crustaceans.

    Reproduction
    Slender-snouted crocodiles begin to breed in the rainy season. The female constructs a mound nest consisting mainly of plant matter, which is sited usually on river banks. The eggs have a long incubation period, sometimes up to 110 days. The slender-snouted crocodile lays an average of 16 very large eggs about a week after completion of the mound nest.

    Behavior
    This species is generally not found in groups, except during the onset of the breeding season.

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