Note: Differs from all other New World crocodilians in that it has a smooth wart in front of each eye, dorsal scales are arranged irregularly, the snout is long and pointed, and a the subcaudal scale rings include uniform size scales as well as scales between rings.
Habitat: Larger rivers and streams, often in brackish water. May also be found in marshes and swamps and rivers in lowland dry, moist, and wet forests.
Note: Because of hunting, populations fell by the 1960s but have increased in the past twenty years due to conservation efforts.
Food: Young feed on aquatic insects, amphibians and fish. Adults feed on fish, frogs, turtles, small mammals, birds, caiman, and invertebrates.
Source: Savage, Jay M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 935pp.
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