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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
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

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Osteolaemus tetraspis

The head of an adult dwarf crocodile at it floats just under the water surface. The crocodile is standing on the bottom of the pool, with only the top of its head projecting above the surface. Dwarf crocodiles tend to be far more secretive and elusive than many other crocodilian species, and spend most of the daytime hiding in burrows. They come out at night to hunt, often moving overland to do so, although very little is actually known about their behaviour in the wild.

Photograph © Adam Britton

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Click Adult O. t. tetraspis Click Head of adult crocodile Click Dorsal view of O. t. tetraspis
Click Adult O. t. tetraspis Click Juvenile O. tetraspis being held Click Adult head in water





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