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Mecistops is a genus of crocodiles, the Slender-snouted crocodiles, native to sub-Saharan Africa.
Slender snouted crocodiles or Mecistops cataphractus are native to freshwater habitats in central and western Africa. They prefer highly vegetated bodies of water to hide from prey and potential predators.
They are medium-sized crocodiles, typically slightly smaller than the Nile crocodile, but are larger than several other species of crocodilians.
Slender snouted crocodiles or Mecistops cataphractus adults are typically about 8.2 ft. long, but have been known to reach 14 ft. They weigh between 276 and 717 lb. Males are significantly larger than females.
They have a slender snout used for catching prey, hence their name. They are incredibly shy and adversely impacted by human disturbance.
The diet of the Slender snouted crocodile or Mecistops cataphractus consists mainly of fish, amphibians, and crustaceans. Typically, they can be found basking on land. Adults occasionally take smaller mammals, aquatic snakes, turtles, and birds.
Both species in the genus are not typically found in groups, except during the onset of the breeding season. The female Slender snouted crocodile or Mecistops cataphractus constructs a mound nest consisting mainly of plant matter.
The nests are usually 50 to 60 cm high and 1 to 2 m in diameter. Nests are placed on the banks of rivers, and construction generally begins at the onset of the wet season, although breeding is asynchronous even within members of one population.
Slender snouted crocodile or Mecistops cataphractus has good hearing, eyesight, and smell. Throughout the body of crocodiles, sensory pits are present, which have nerve terminals inside.
The two types of these sensory pits are integumentary sense organs that cover the body and papillae that cover the head, primarily around the snout.
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