Orinoco Crocodile

South America


Crocodylus intermedius


Due to the high value of its hide, this species is relentlessly hunted to the point of extinction.

Within one of the longest river systems in South America, a namesake piscivorous species can be found. Considered among the largest-existing reptiles in the world as well as the largest crocodile species in the Americas, the Orinoco Crocodile is endemic to the freshwater regions of Colombia and Venezuela.

Previous records indicate that adult males can grow up to 7 metres in size with a weight of almost 400 kg. It has upward-tipped snout and a scale-covered body with colours ranging between green, grey, and tan.