What Are the Different Species of Crocodiles?

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There are 14 species of crocodiles. They include the Cuban, African dwarf, slender snout, Yacare, Spectacled Caiman, Dwarf Caiman, freshwater, Gharial and broad snouted.

Crocodiles range in size from 7-25 feet long. They are very skilled hunters that live in the wetlands. The Gharial is one of the largest species of crocodiles. Their diet consists mainly of fish and they prefer to stay in the water other than for laying eggs.

The African Dwarf is one of the smallest crocodiles, with a length of less than 5 feet. A crocodile's tail consumes almost 50 percent of its body length and is used for swimming and regulating its body temperature.