A newly hatched baby dwarf crocodile.

This year, we will be celebrating the start of our summer season by highlighting several new animal encounter experiences! As always, we will be encouraging our guests to get up close and personal with their favorite animal ambassadors during these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. While many of our guests swoon at how adorable our furry animal residents are, we wanted to showcase just how cute reptiles can be through our new baby dwarf crocodile encounter! We had the privilege of welcoming two adorable baby dwarf crocs into our constantly growing family back in August, and they can’t wait to meet you! Book an encounter with these little guys to discover just how cute they are in person!

Our dwarf croc encounters are quickly filling up. Book yours today while supplies last!

What Makes The Dwarf Crocodile Unique?  

Before we share some adorable photos of these small reptilians, here are a few interesting facts about dwarf crocs that set them apart from other crocodiles! For starters, did you know that the dwarf crocodile is the smallest crocodile species in the entire world? While their small stature can easily be implied from their name alone, many of our guests are pleasantly surprised by how small these crocodiles are in comparison to other crocodilians. Whereas larger species such as the Nile crocodile can grow up to 14 feet long, the dwarf crocodile can only grow up to 4.9 feet in length. Another interesting fact about dwarf crocodiles is that they look more like an alligator or caiman than a crocodile based on their body size and snout shape! Dwarf crocodiles have broad, U-shaped snouts. This snout shape varies from the typical pointed, V-shaped crocodile snout.

Due to how uniquely small these crocodilians are, a dwarf crocodile encounter can be the perfect way for reptile novices to fall in love with reptiles in all their glory. The thought of interacting with a reptile that is several times larger than you can be daunting when you know very little about reptiles. However, interacting with smaller reptilians like baby dwarf crocs can be less intimidating, and can serve as a great way for reptile novices to deepen their interest and appreciation of these creatures on their own terms!

Fun Dwarf Crocodile Facts!

Now that we have shared some general information about what makes the dwarf crocodile unique, we would like to discuss even more amazing dwarf crocodile facts. That way, you can test all your newfound knowledge from this blog during your very own baby dwarf crocodile encounter! Also known as the African dwarf crocodile, these small crocodilians are native to sub-Saharan Africa and reside in common crocodile habitats such as mangrove swamps and rainforests. Like other crocodile species, dwarf crocodiles are nocturnal and primarily hunt at night. When they hunt, these solitary hunters mainly prey on small animals in the water or on surrounding river banks. Speaking of, one adapted feature that makes crocodiles special is their throat valve! This unique feature allows crocodiles to swim with open mouths without swallowing any water— an ability that especially comes in handy when they hunt for aquatic prey.

Since it can be difficult to yield successful results when searching for fun, interactive crocodile encounters near me, we highly recommend our brand new baby dwarf croc encounters! During your very own dwarf croc encounter, you will be able to see these little guys in all their glory as you learn even more about them. To make the encounter even better, one of our knowledgeable staff members will be with you at all times to ensure you are getting the most out of this unique experience. Meet an adorable baby dwarf crocodile up close and personal this summer at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo!

Crocodilian Facts For the Kiddos & Amazing Dwarf Crocodile Pictures

As this fun-filled blog comes to a close, we wanted to share some extra crocodile facts for kids to accompany their growing appreciation of the countless animal species that call our planet home. One of our personal favorite crocodile facts to share with the kiddos is that some ancient crocodile species were reported to grow up to 50 feet long. To put this in perspective, that’s slightly longer than a school bus! Another fun fact about crocodiles has to do with crocodile habitats: the average crocodilian spends much of their time in the water. When crocodiles are on land, they are known to move around by galloping. This second fact particularly surprises guests when they see our crocodilians in person for the first time!

No blog about our adorable baby dwarf crocs would be complete without some equally adorable crocodile pictures! We hope these photos inspire you to meet our dwarf crocodiles up close and personal during your very own baby dwarf crocodile encounter!

A photo of a baby dwarf croc.

Our two baby dwarf crocs that hatched in late 2022.

Pet an Adorable Baby Dwarf Croc This Summer in Texas!

Make this summer in Texas one for the books by meeting one of our cute baby dwarf crocodiles in person! During your very own baby dwarf croc encounter, you can cuddle with the surprisingly tiny crocodilian while learning even more about them. And if you’re hoping to meet a handful of our amazing animals up close and personal this summer, we have plenty more incredible encounters where that came from! In addition to our fun-filled baby dwarf croc encounter, we will be showcasing several new animal encounters! Whether you want to discover how tiny our flat-shelled pancake tortoises are firsthand or are hoping to finally meet an adorably laid-back capybara, we are sure to have the perfect animal experience for you. Check out the fun graphic below for a quick look at some of the other animal encounter experiences we will be offering all summer long!

A graphic that showcases some of our animal encounter offerings.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the adorable antics our animals get up to on a regular basis!

Book Now