The Cuban crocodile is a stout bodied medium sized crocodiles reaching up to 10 feet in length. They have proportionally short but strong legs. Their appearance of color, scales and large triangular shaped ears make them easy to identify from other crocodilians, especially the American crocodile which can also be found within the range of the Cuban crocodile.
Cuban crocodiles are endemic to Cuba. The availability of suitable habitat has been reduced causing the Cuban crocodile to become critically endangered. Their last stronghold is the Zapata Swamp on the southern coast of Cuba.
Cuban crocodiles are most likely the most terrestrial of the crocodilians. Their short, strong legs allow them to move quickly over land. They are well known to "gallop" with their bodies held high above the ground. Their strong legs also allow them to be accomplished jumpers. They often will jump to grab prey from low hanging branches.