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Physical description: The muzzle of the dwarf crocodile is broad, blunt, and short; hence the name “Broadfronted.” It measures at about 1.20 meters in length; however, some have reached lengths of 1.50-1.80 meters. The dwarf crocodile gets its name because it is the smallest of all crocodiles. With the largest crocodile reaching lengths of 27 feet and weigh up to a ton, it is easy to see how a crocodile of about 3 feet could be dubbed “dwarf.”

Alligators and crocodiles are easily confused and exhibit several major physical differences. Alligators have broader heads and blunter snouts. Their lower teeth fit inside the edge of the upper jaw and cannot be seen when the lipless mouth is closed. The crocodile’s fourth tooth in each side of the lower jaw is located lying in a notch in the upper jaw and is always visible. The teeth are used for seizing and holding prey instead of for chewing. They are replaced continuously as new ones grow up, forcing old ones out.

Like all crocodiles, the dwarf has rigid teeth and tough scales, which cover the body. During early years of existence, the dwarf crocodile is yellow with a brown tint. The infant dwarf crocodile also has black spots on its belly and back. However, with age, the dwarf crocodile grows to resemble other forms of crocodiles in color. By maturity, the dwarf crocodile is dark brown or black. The scales become harder and the bony palates that protect the back are more dense.

RANGE: West Africa

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  • Edith Farrell
    Edith Farrellover 5 years ago

    Simply a perfect photo of this small but wonderous creature. Fabulous! Edith

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  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxover 5 years ago

    OH WOW! Dennis, this is simply magnificent, an absoloutely brilliant image – I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!

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  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    Hi Dennis, fantastic shot mate, perfect!

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  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 5 years ago

    fantastic

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  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    wonderful work – steve *-))

  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsover 5 years ago

    AWESOME!!!!…….Fantastic capture, Dennis!!!…… :-))

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  • jinney
    jinneyover 5 years ago

    WOWE-HIS EYE LOOKS BLACK!
    Great shot and awesome reflection!
    Hes beautiful for -sure!…but Id be terrified being eyeball to eyeball with him!
    -jinney

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  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    What a cool capture. Love the reflection in the water. Dennis this is the best. Wonderful and amazing job.

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  • lcbirder
    lcbirderover 5 years ago

    Beautiful reflection and I love the eyes!

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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Excellent!!

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