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FAMILY:
ALLIGATORIDAE

A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
C. crocodilus
C. c. apaporiensis
C. c. fuscus
C. latirostris
C. yacare
M. niger
P. palpebrosus
P. trigonatus

FAMILY:
CROCODYLIDAE

C. acutus
C. intermedius
C. johnstoni
C. mindorensis
C. moreletii
C. niloticus
C. novaeguineae
C. palustris
C. porosus
C. rhombifer
C. siamensis
M. cataphractus
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

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Crocodylus rhombifer

Cuban crocodiles are quite characteristic in appearance, and not just because of their colouration. They also tend to have slightly smaller and relatively broader snouts for their size, compared with other "true crocodiles", but still not comparable with alligators or caimans. Maximum size for this species doesn't normally exceed 3 to 4 metres, so compared with other crocodilians it is classified as medium sized. However, what it lacks in length it makes up for in aggressive temperament and athletic ability. These crocs have well-developed limbs and are proficient in water and on land, and adults are reportedly able to jump up to their own body length from a standing position on the ground.

Photograph © John White

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