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Pearly Smile

Cuban crocodile gaping

October's Pic of the Month was taken by John White, and features a Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) showing its impressive teeth, tongue and jaws. Another common name for the Cuban crocodile is the "Pearly crocodile" in reference to its characteristic colouration and scalation.

Cuban crocodiles have one of the most restricted wild distributions of any crocodile species - found only in a small area in Cuba and a small adjacent island. Considered critically endangered, the Cuban crocodile has at least begun to recover in the wild, due primarily to the excellent efforts of local Cuban researchers who have spent many years trying to ensure their natural treasure does not become extinct. Many even say that the island of Cuba is shaped like a swimming crocodile, and the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group held a regional meeting there in 2000 to see for themselves the progress that had been made. With effort and determination from dedicated individuals, even the most critically endangered species may have a future.



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