|Name: Philippine Crocodile|
|Scientific name: Crocodylus mindorensis|
|Habitat: Mainly restricted to freshwater areas.|
|Status: Critically threatened|
|Diet in the wild: Mainly aquatic invertebrates and small vertebrates|
|Diet in the zoo: N/A|
|Location in the zoo: In the Komodo Dragon Exhibit.|
Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
The Philippine Crocodile has between 66-68 teeth. A crocodile's teeth are always growing. This means that their teeth are constantly falling out and new ones are growing in. Its back is protected with armored plates made of dermal bone.
Crocodiles can live up to a hundred years; the genus has hardly changed in 200 million years. Crocodiles lay eggs in a nest and carry the youngsters to water as they hatch.
They warm their bodies by lying in the sun, opening their mouths to release heat if they become too warm. They can float just at the surface of the water, with only ears, eyes and nostrils exposed, adjusting their buoyancy by swallowing stones.
Although crocodiles are formidable predators, taking prey as large as antelopes, they will allow crocodile birds to scavenge among their teeth.
Comments about the Philippine Crocodile of the Fort Worth Zoo:
Source Materials and Related Links:
WhoZoo Animal Index
Reptiles and Amphibians at the Fort Worth Zoo