Siamese crocodile resting its head

Siamese crocodile

Siamese crocodiles are one of the most endangered crocodile species in the wild. Their last remaining stronghold are the slow moving rivers and swamps of Cambodia, where the population is thought to number fewer than 5,000 individuals - perhaps as few as 250. Little is known about this small freshwater crocodile. They rarely reach three metres in length and, despite their fearsome appearance, are largely passive. The females demonstrate a gentle touch as they help the hatchlings out of their eggs before carrying them to water in strong jaws.

Scientific name: Crocodylus siamensis

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Siamese crocodile taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Siamese crocodile can be found in a number of locations including: Asia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Siamese crocodile distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 1996

Classified by: IUCN 2.3

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