Orinoco Crocodile

The Orinoco Crocodile, Crocodylus intermedius, is found in freshwater in northern South America, in particular the Orinoco river. It is restricted heavily to the Orinoco river drainage basin and the Meta river drainage basin in Colombia and Venezuela. It is also known to frequent the Llanos savannah during certain times of the year. They grow to over 20 feet in length, and are one of the largest animals in South America. This species of crocodile can be recognized by its relatively long snout and its yellowish hide with dark brown bands.

The Orinoco mates during the drier periods of the year and usually 14 weeks after mating, the female will dig a nest, usually on a sandy bank. The eggs incubate for about 3 months. During the night they hatch and call out to their mother who digs them out of the nest and carries them to the water. The mother cares for the young for a year before they leave on their own. Young crocs are vulnerable and often eaten by black vultures, lizards, anacondas and caimans.