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American Crocodile

(Crocodylus acutus)

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A large, brown, olive, or grayish crocodile, to as long as 7m (21ft), but most are much smaller; individuals longer than 4 m (13ft) are rare. Dark bands on back and tail may be visible in younger individuals. Distinguished from Caiman by (1) longer, more slender, morepointed snout, and (2) having one large tooth on each side of lower jaw that projects sharply upwards, fitting into a notch on upperjaw, that can be seen when jaws are closed. (Lagarto Negro, Lagarto Amarillo, Cocodrilo).


TPacific and Caribbean coastal lowlands, in brackish or freshwater; in or near swamps, mangrove swamps, rivers. Note: This species listed as endangered

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), Costa Rica