ORINOCO CROCODILE

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The Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) is a critically endangered subspecies that lives in the tropical forests of Colombia and Venezuela. It is the largest of the South American’s crocodiles. They make habitats in tropical forests, Andes foothills, and streams. Due to massive human hunting the crocodile is forced to live in the freshwater habitats.

Orinoco crocodiles have a lifespan of about 70 – 80 years. Scientists estimate that there are only 250 – 1,000 Orinoco crocodiles living in the natural habitats. Predators of young Orinoco crocodiles are American black vultures, coatis, tegu lizards, jaguars, and anacondas.

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