Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    rackhami
    Genus
    Trilophosuchus
  • Size Range
    Length (head to tail): 1.5m

Lived

25-10 million years ago, early - middle Miocene.

Description

The Ridge-headed Crocodile hunted on the rainforest floor, eating whatever animals it could catch. It may even have ventured up the tree trunks looking for food. Compared with living crocodiles, the Ridge-headed Crocodile had a short head and large eyes.

Fossils

The Ridge-headed Crocodile was first discovered in 1987. A skull, other bones, and many teeth have been found, all at Riversleigh in north-western Queensland.

Did you know?

The Ridge-headed Crocodile has been nicknamed the 'Drop Croc' because it may have climbed trees and dropped onto animals passing below.