Orinoco crocodiles are a slender snouted species that inhabits the middle and lower parts of South America's Orinoco river. During the rainy season, the river floods, allowing this reptile to colonize the waterloged grasslands. In the dry season, the Orinoco crocodile digs burrows for shelter and waits for the return of the rains.
The belly skin of the Orinoco is highly valued for its leather. As a result, this species is rare in modern times, having been hunted to near extinction.
Orinoco crocodiles can get up to Giant size in modern times. Before their decimation for the leather trade, some may have become Immense. The Orinoco crocodile's narrow jaws give it a reduced jaw ST and lower biting damage.
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