By Laura Dale
These adorably terrifying baby crocodiles are smallest crocodile species in the entire world.
The West African Dwarf crocodiles hatched in San Diego Zoo and were laid early last August by croc parents Yendi, 11, and Kumba, 50.
While they may be small now, the tiny reptiles can grow up to five feet long and can weigh up to 180lbs.
Because of their small size, they’re more at risk from predators than their bigger brothers and their conservation status is listed as vulnerable – meaning they’re quite rare.
A spokesperson for San Diego Zoo said: “Although it is too soon to tell whether the Zoo’s new hatchlings are male or female, reptile keepers hope to be able to determine the crocodiles’ genders in a few days.
“Like other crocodilian species, the gender of West African dwarf crocodiles is dependent on egg incubation temperatures, with higher temperatures required to hatch males.
“There is little data currently available on this species in the wild; however, San Diego Zoo Global is supporting survey research in their native range to better understand the status of West African dwarf crocs.
“Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts.