Philippine Crocodile [Crocodylus mindorensis]
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!
DRAW A CROCODILE
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!