Cuban Crocodile

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Cuban Crocodile
Conservation status: Endangered
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Crocodylia
Family:Crocodylidae
Genus:Crocodylus
Species:C. rhombifer
Binomial name
Crocodylus rhombifer
Cuvier, 1807

The Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is a small species (8 feet average length) native only to Cuba's Zapata Swamp, and highly endangered, though it formerly ranged throughout the Caribbean, possibly even into Florida.

This species has numerous interesting characteristics that set it apart from other crocodilians, such as its brighter adult colors, rougher, more 'pebbled' scales, and long, strong legs. This species is the most terrestrial of crocodiles, and also possibly the most intelligent. A colony of this species at Gatorland, Florida has also exhibited what is strongly suspected to be pack-hunting behavior, which has prompted much interest in the species, usually kept singly and especially so after such reports.de:Kubakrokodil fr:Crocodile de Cuba

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