Breeding and rearing the Orinoco crocodile Crocodylus intermedius in Venezuela

  • Published source details Ramo C., Busto B. & Utrera A. (1992) Breeding and rearing the Orinoco crocodile Crocodylus intermedius in Venezuela. Biological Conservation, 60, 101-108.


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Breed reptiles in captivity: Crocodilians

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Breed reptiles in captivity: Crocodilians

    A study in 1987–1989 in Barinas state, Venezuela (Ramo et al. 1992) reported that one of two female Orinoco crocodiles Crocodylus intermedius bred successfully in captivity. In 1987–1988, two females produced four clutches of 37–49 eggs each. Hatching success of eggs from one female was 72%, but no eggs produced by the other female hatched. Incubation periods were 78–85 days. In 1989, a further clutch of 52 eggs was laid, but no data on hatching success was available. Yearly survival of hatchlings was 4–50%. In 1987, one male and two female crocodiles were acquired and housed in an outdoor facility with two ponds (20 x 10 x 1 m and 10 x 4 x 1 m) and two sand beaches for egg laying. Nests were incubated under natural conditions.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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