What they look like: A relatively small species of crocodile, the Philippine crocodile has up to 68 teeth that constantly fallout and replenish. They have a long broad snout and thick armoured plates of bone on their back. They can float on the surface of lakes and streams weighing themselves down by eating stones in order to adjust their buoyancy.
- The Philippine crocodile is one of the smaller crocodile species.
- When the hatchlings appear, the female carefully carries them in her mouth down to the water.
- This species used to be found throughout the Philippines but is now reduced to small, fragmented groups found on just a few islands.
- Females lay 7-20 eggs in nests made of plants.
- It's one of the rarest crocodiles on the planet.
What they eat: Fish, water birds, lizards and snakes.
Habitat: Freshwater areas such as small lakes and ponds, river tributaries and marshes.
Where they live: Philippines.
Threats: Habitat destruction, forest clearance for ricefields and local intolerance leading to persecution.
ZSL's conservation work: We were the first zoo in the UK to breed this species and we also financially support conservation efforts in the field through out partner, The Mabuwaya Foundation.