The Little Crocodiles
Living in both terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, the West African dwarf crocodile is five and a half to six feet in length. Built more like a smaller version of crocodiles of normal size, they are darker in color with a yellowish belly. Black patches cover their reptilian bodies, from the end of their tails to the blunt snout. The baby dwarf crocs are lighter brown with patterns sprawled out over the head.
Dwarfs are at home in the areas of West Africa such as the Congo, Cote d’lvoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Angola, Benin, Burkina, Faso, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. Most will nest in the swamps. Standing bodies of water are their favorite places to hang out, however they are sometimes found in savanna habitats to dig burrows or they dig hideouts underneath tree roots. The dwarf crocodile species needs to cool down after basking in the sun to heat up and stay warmer.