Philippine crocodile

Scientific name 
Crocodylus mindorensis
Philippine crocodile

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.

Animal facts: 

  • 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 the population is now fragmented and the species is only found on 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 rice fields 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 our partner, The Mabuwaya Foundation.


Life Span
100 Years
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered