An African Dwarf Crocodile has been spotted at Sierra Leone’s No.2 River situated in the Western Area Rural District, Freetown.
According to the country’s National Tourists Board (NTB) Marketing Officer, Kai B. Saquee, the newly identified amphibious is also known scientifically as Osteolaemus Tetraspis or commonly called African Dwarf Crocodile with a measured size of 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) to be precise.
He said such rare specimens are exceptionally large specimens that can be found in all species of crocodilian class.
Saquee went on to inform that Tourism is about the sustainable movement of people from their places of origin to other destinations.
However he went on, there should be things that must pull the interest of the traveller to that Eco-Tourism site and this is what River No 2 is driving at, adding that the more attractions deposited be natural or artificial drive the interest of both local and international tourists, to view, feel and taste the country’s tourism endowment all through their stay.
According to him, since the rains begun, the country and communities are experiencing nature at its best, noting further that the spotted Crocodile at River No.2, the most visited Water Fall at Mambo will now also add up for the prime spots.
The West African Dwarf Crocodile Saquee furthered, is the world’s smallest Crocodile, growing up to 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) and that it is found alone or in pairs, in burrows and the hollows on low lying tree branches at water edges.
He said it is a heavily armoured Crocodile, which is dark in colour on the back and sides with a yellowish belly featuring many black patches.