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Cuban crocodile
Temporal range: Upper Pleistocene-recent
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Crocodylus
Species:
rhombifer
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Cuban crocodile range

The Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is a type of small crocodile. It lives in Cuba. The average length is 2.1–2.3 m (6.9–7.5 ft). The average weight is 70–80 kg (150–180 lb). Large males can grow as long as 3.5 m (11 ft) in length. Large females can also weigh more than 215 kg (474 lb). It is a very aggressive animal. The Cuban crocodile is very dangerous to humans.

The Cuban crocodile is listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Before, it lived all over the Caribbean. Now, it only lives in the Zapata Swamp and Isla de la Juventud. They had to escape being hunted by humans. Captive breeding are helping the species to recover.

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