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Africa
ARKive species - African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus) * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Olalekan Sipasi (Nigeria)
Region : Central and West Africa
Status : Critically Endangered
Introduction
African slender-snouted crocodile is distributed across Central and West Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon , Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, United Republic of Togo, Zambia in fresh water habitat, totalling about 50,000 from literature. In 2005, when crocodile survey was done, 49 African Slender-snouted crocodile was recorded, which shows that this specie is critically endangered. This is due to the quest for its skin for leather to make shoes and bags, the meat (bush meat as popularly known in Nigeria), huge habitat loss, conflicts and many more. They are very important in the ecosystem, they clean up rivers and streams by eating up the carcass of other animals that passes through, they are also good for ecotourism purposes.

Picture Source :
http://cmsdata.iucn.org/img/13a_066_003b_mecistops_centralafrica
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1 Comments

  • Folasayo says :
    Conservation of our wild native fauna and flora is imperative at this time so as not to deprive the future generations of their benefits.
    Posted 23-06-2016 14:53

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