Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

This is a collection of lateral, dorsal, and ventral profiles, and other scientifically relevant photographs of different crocodilians. Some of the photographs were taken at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology with specimens in captivity. Photographs from the wild are provided with location wherever possible. Please note that the images are fairly low resolution since I had to scale them to roughly a fifth of their size, primarily because bulky images take inordinately long to load. If there is any image you would like to use, please email me for a high resolution photograph.

(The distribution details are from Many thanks to Colin Stevenson, Tarun Nair, and Mittal Gala from MCBT for all kinds of logistical help!)


Alligator mississippiensis

  • Common Name : American Alligator

  • Distribution : SE United States


Nicole is an adult female alligator held in captivity at MCBT. The image below documents her with a special catch -- a turtle. Turtles are a typical food source for alligators in the wild and due to this turtles are almost never introduced to ponds housing captive alligators. This particular turtle must have accidentally wandered in from elsewhere ...


Alligator sinensis

  • Common Name : Chinese Alligator

  • Distribution : Eastern China

Caiman crocodilus

  • Common Name : Spectacled Caiman

  • Distribution : Central and South America

Caiman latirostris

  • Common Name : Broad-snouted Caiman

  • Distribtuion : South America

Caiman yacare

  • Common Name : Yacare Caiman

  • Distribution : South America

Melanosuchus niger

  • Common Name : Black Caiman

  • Distribution : South America

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

  • Common Name : Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

  • Distribution : South America

Paleosuchus trigonatus

  • Common Name : Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman

  • Distribution : South America


Crocodylus acutus

  • Common Name : American Crocodile

  • Distribution : North, Central, and South America

Crocodylus cataphractus

  • Common Name : Slender-snouted Crocodile

  • Distribution : Africa

Crocodylus intermedius

  • Common Name : Orinoco Crocodile

  • Distribution : South America

Crocodylus johnstoni

  • Common Name : Australian Freshwater Crocodile

  • Distribution : Australia

Crocodylus mindorensis

  • Common Name : Philippine Crocodile

  • Distribution : Philippines

Crocodylus moreletii

  • Common Name : Morelet's Crocodile

  • Distribution : Central America

Lateral view of a baby Morelet's Croc which is less than a week old:


Dorsal view of a baby Morelet's Croc that is about 2 days old:


Crocodylus niloticus

  • Common Name : Nile Crocodile

  • Distribution : Africa, Madagascar

Crocodylus novaeguineae

  • Common Name : New Guinea Crocodile

  • Distribution : Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya

Crocodylus palustris

  • Common Name : Mugger (or Marsh Crocodile)

  • Distribution : Indian subcontinent







Crocodylus porosus

  • Common Name : Saltwater (or Estuarine) Crocodile

  • Distribution : SE Asia

I have seen an Estuarine Crocodile in the wild only once so far. The image given below is of this saltwater crocodile. It was taken around sunset at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore. Unfortunately, the only photo I could take of it is of poor quality :(


Crocodylus rhombifer

  • Common Name : Cuban Crocodile

  • Distribution : Cuba

Crocodylus siamensis

  • Common Name : Siamese Crocodile

  • Distribution : SE Asia


Osteolaemus tetraspis

  • Common Name : African Dwarf Crocodile

  • Distribution : Africa

Tomistoma schlegelii

  • Common Name : False Gharial

  • Distribution : SE Asia


Gavialis gangeticus

  • Common Name : Indian Gharial

  • Distribution : Indian subcontinent









Sub-adult Gharials:


Lateral Profile of a Juvenile Gharial:


Dorsal Profile (Full Body) of a Juvenile Gharial:


Dorsal Profile of a Juvenile Gharial: