The coastal crocodile is a large semi-aquatic predatory reptile that has been in danger of extinction since 2007. This crocodile is distinguished by having the following characteristics: short, narrow and pointed snout in juveniles, but wide in older individuals, with a high hump preocular which gives the skull a convex appearance in lateral view
Coastal crocodiles can be found in lowlands from 0–200 m, inhabiting the mouths of large rivers in coastal areas, entering brackish waters, mangroves and colonizing oceanic islands, crossing through the open sea.
They feed on aquatic insects, amphibians, crabs and tiny fish; and the adults capture molluscs, crustaceans, fish, turtles, iguanas, alligators, birds and mammals. It sunbathes during the day and at night it enters the waters in search of food.
The cause of its extinction
What causes the extinction of this species is that thanks to the exploitation of mangroves and the conversion of their habitat for the creation of shrimp pools, urbanization and agriculture and the hunting of them
There are less than 5,000 copies on the continent. In Ecuador it is Critically Endangered.
One of the best ideas to prevent their extinction will be to allow animals suitable for the need and survival of animals to be hunted excessively.
Also stop exploiting the mangroves and prohibit the abuse of some significant places for animals, especially for the crocodiles on the coast.
The conservation of them and their protection at the expense of the extreme house, also conserving them in animal protection captivity