Philippine Crocodile [Crocodylus mindorensis]

Quick Facts

Size: Up to 10 feet

Lifespan: Estimated between 70 and 80 years

Color: Golden brown, darkening as they mature

Range: Small fragmented habitats on the Philippine islands of Dalupiri, Luzon, and Mindanao

Habitat: Freshwater rivers, ponds, and marshes

Location in the Zoo: The Islands

About Philippine Crocodiles

The Philippine crocodile is the most severely threatened crocodile species in the world. It was once found all over the Philippines but is now critically endangered. 

This small freshwater crocodile has a broad snout and thick, bony, armored plates on its back. It eats fish, aquatic invertebrates, other reptiles, birds, and small mammals. Female crocs create a nest that is either a twig mound or a hole in the ground. Both parents take turns guarding the eggs. A 152-pound specimen was found to have a bite force of 615 pounds!


We are excited to partner with WQED to present WQED’s Cartoon Academy at the Zoo! Follow along with Pittsburgh cartoonist, Joe Wos, as he teaches you how to create a crocodile and a platypus in the video below!