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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
PHILIPPINE CROCODILE

Crocodylus mindorensis


Range:
Coastal and estuarine shores of the Philippines.

The Philippine crocodile has about 66-68 teeth. A crocodile's teeth are constantly growing. Their teeth are always falling out and new ones grow in. Their backs are protected with armored plates made of dermal bone. The crocodile’s diet consist of large animals, taking prey on mammals, birds and other reptiles.

The average crocodile can live up to 100-years-old, but the exact lifespan of the Philippine crocodile is unknown to scientists. The genus of the crocodile has barely changed over the past 200 million years. Crocodiles lay eggs in a nest and carry their young to water as they hatch. They warm their bodies by lying in the sun, and they open their mouths to release some of heat if they become too hot.  They can float just at the surface of the water, and can adjust their buoyancy by ingesting stones.  

This species of crocodile is one of the most severely endangered species around. There is no more than 100 of these species of crocodile living outside captivity.

Habitat: Mainly restricted to freshwater areas.
Diet: Adult crocodiles feed at night on schooling fish, crabs, birds, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. Hatchlings feed on small fish, and crustaceans.
Status: Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: Up to 10’ for males. The females are slightly smaller.
Weight: Up to 420 lbs for male and up to 200 lbs for females.

Lifespan: Unknown
Reproduction & Offspring:

Lays 7-20 eggs after 2-3 months of carrying the eggs.


 

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