Orange colored crocodiles found in Gabon, West Africa

Orange colored crocodiles found in Gabon, West Africa. The reason for the change in color is because of their food. In the total darkness, the animals survive on a diet of bats and crickets, unlike above-ground crocodiles of the same species which feed on fish and crustaceans. This has caused a specific ‘genetic signature’ in the cave-dwelling crocodiles.

  • Orange colored crocodiles found in Gabon, West Africa.
  • The reason for the change in color is because of their food.
  • The animals survive on a diet of bats and crickets.
  • This has caused a specific ‘genetic signature’ in the cave-dwelling crocodiles.

Crocodiles will sometimes use caves as temporary refuges during droughts, but the dwarf crocodiles in the Abanda caves seemed to have taken up permanent residence there. When we wrote about the expedition a few years ago, the researchers didn’t know much about the cave crocs.download our android app