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Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 08-22-2018

The Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intyermedius) is a critically endangered crocodile. Its population is very small and it can be found only in freshwater enviroments in Venezuela and Colombia with about 2000 individuals in Venezuela and 200 in Colombia, in particular the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Extensively hunted for their skins in the 19th and 20th centuries, this species is one of the most critically endangered species of crocodiles. It is one of the larger species of crocodilian. Males have been reported up to 6,6 m. (22 ft) in the past, but such sizes do not exist today, largest males today measure 5 m (16 ft). Males average 4,1 m (13 ft) in length weighing 380 kg (840 lb), while females are substantially smaller averaging 225 kg (496 lb) measuring 3,30 m long. The coloration is light even in adults.
The Orinoco crocodile is an apex predator and will take opportunity to prey on a variety of reptiles, birds, and mammals, including Caiman crocodilus on occasion. The prey base is mostly made up of large predatory fish, challenging the general view by locals complaining about crocodile hunting local fish to a very low numbers, despite its large size the Orinoco crocodile rarely poses a threat to humans. Reproduction takes place in the dry season when the water level is lower.
Orinoco crocodiles are hole nesters, diggins holes in the sand to lay their eggs. The females guard the nests and young upto several years.
Photos taken in Puerto Miranda, Estado Guarico and Hato El Frio, Apure, Venezuela.

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RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 08-22-2018

Orinoco crocodiles are among the largest living reptiles as well as the largest predator in the Americas.. Tipically males average 3,6 to 4,8 m in length, weighing 380 to 635 kg, while females are tipically 3,0 to 3,3 m in length, weighing 225 to 317 kg. The largest specimen reported was shot in 1800, and allegedly measured at 6,7 m (22 ft), although the source is considered reliable, unfortunately, no voucher specimen is known from this. Due to extensive hunting for their skins in the 20th century, such giants do not exist today, and modern Orinoco crocodiles have not been reported to exceed 5,1 m (17 ft) in length. Today largest males measure 5,1 m long and females 3,8 m
Photos taken in Hato El Frio, Estado Apure, Venezuela.

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RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 08-22-2018

Orinoco crocodile fishing in the current, it stayed in the same spot for a long time and captured a good number of fishes their principal prey.
Big female ready to lay the eggs, we found this big female late at night when we were looking for big cats (Jaguars and Pumas)
Photos taken in Hato El Frio, Estado Apure, Venezuela.
Distribution of Orinoco crocodiles today with the four more important populations numbered, they are: 1 Rio Manapire (guarico); 2 Rio Cojedes (Cojedes); Hato El Frio and Rio Capanaparo, in Estado Apure. Taken from the book Lois Crocodilia de Venezuela: Ecologia y Conservacion (Andres Eloy Seijas)

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RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 09-23-2018

Head of big male in Hato El Frio, Apure, Venezuela

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RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 11-16-2018

Feeding a wild female Orinoco crocodile in Hato El Frio, Apure, Venezuela






RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 11-16-2018

Female defending its nest in Hato El Frio, Apure, Venezuela






RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - brotherbear - 11-16-2018

Quote from post #2: Orinoco crocodiles are among the largest living reptiles as well as the largest predator in the Americas.. Tipically males average 3,6 to 4,8 m in length, weighing 380 to 635 kg, while females are tipically 3,0 to 3,3 m in length, weighing 225 to 317 kg. The largest specimen reported was shot in 1800, and allegedly measured at 6,7 m (22 ft), although the source is considered reliable, unfortunately, no voucher specimen is known from this. Due to extensive hunting for their skins in the 20th century, such giants do not exist today, and modern Orinoco crocodiles have not been reported to exceed 5,1 m (17 ft) in length. Today largest males measure 5,1 m long and females 3,8 m 
 
Yes, the Orinoco crocodile can compete with the Kodiak bear in size.
 
635 kilograms is equal to

1,399.94 pounds (avoirdupois)



RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 11-16-2018

Largest Orinoco Crocodile in captivity very close to 5 meters long, this male weights over 800 kgs.
@brotherbear






RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - brotherbear - 11-17-2018

800 kg is roughly 100-pounds heavier than the heaviest actually weighed Kodiak bear. That's too close to call one bigger than the other. I'd place the Orinoco crocodile and Kodiak bear as evenly the largest animals of the America's - unless of course we toss in the polar bear. 
 
800 kilograms is equal to

1,763.70 pounds (avoirdupois)


RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - Shadow - 11-17-2018

(11-17-2018, 12:04 AM)brotherbear Wrote: 800 kg is roughly 100-pounds heavier than the heaviest actually weighed Kodiak bear. That's too close to call one bigger than the other. I'd place the Orinoco crocodile and Kodiak bear as evenly the largest animals of the America's - unless of course we toss in the polar bear. 
 
800 kilograms is equal to

1,763.70 pounds (avoirdupois)

Wasn´t "Clyde" quite reliably over 960 kg if talking about animals in captivity too and approximately 1090 kg when in heaviest condition? Of course these animals seem to be quite close when thinking, that in nature biggest Kodiak was about 750 kg.


RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - brotherbear - 11-17-2018

Yes, Clyde and Goliath were both weighed at over a full ton, with Clyde estimated at 2400 pounds at his heaviest. Of course, these were both zoo bears.


RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - Shadow - 11-17-2018

(11-17-2018, 12:38 AM)brotherbear Wrote: Yes, Clyde and Goliath were both weighed at over a full ton, with Clyde estimated at 2400 pounds at his heaviest. Of course, these were both zoo bears.

Yes. That 750 kg Kodiak... I don´t remember was it mentioned somewhere when it was shot? But if it was in late summer time or early autumn, it would make it quite possible, that also in wildlife biggest exceptional Kodiak bears might be about 800 kg. But hopefully when we get next record from wildlife it would be during some research. Anyway big animals both those crocs and bears.


RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 11-19-2018

Closeup of the head of Big male 4,50 meters long in Masaguaral, Estado Guarico, Venezuela
Credit to Diego Jose Sena

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RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - Smilodon-Rex - 11-19-2018

(11-19-2018, 01:07 AM)epaiva Wrote: Closeup of the head of Big male 4,50 meters long in Masaguaral, Estado Guarico, Venezuela
Credit to Diego Jose Sena

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15 feet total long?


RE: Orinoco Crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius) - epaiva - 11-19-2018

(11-19-2018, 09:26 AM)Smilodon-Rex Wrote:
(11-19-2018, 01:07 AM)epaiva Wrote: Closeup of the head of Big male 4,50 meters long in Masaguaral, Estado Guarico, Venezuela
Credit to Diego Jose Sena

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15 feet total long?
14,7 feet long