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Date Published: 1952
Author/s: CAPTAIN C. R S. PITMAN, C.BE., D.S.O., M.C.
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Affiliation: National Forestry Resources Research Institute - NaFORRI


_I finding of a pigmy crocodile in Uganda, which appeared in The Uganda Journal, Vol. 15 (1951), can be conveniently elaborated. An illustrated article by the writer concerning 'African Pigmy Crocodiles' was published in The Field of 17 February 1951 and, with the much appreciated permission of the proprietors, the photographs and some lengthy extracts are here reproduced.
The discovery in 1948 in the Western Rift of an example of the small. forest crocodile Osteolaemus tetraspis, a riverine species which is sparingly distributed throughout the equatorial forest region, but which was not known to occur east of the Ruwenzori range, created a minor sensation for hitherto the crocodile had been unknown in the Lake George-Lake Edward region. The presence of this unwelcome predator boded ill for the local, and extremely profitable. fishing industry

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1. Pigmy crocodiles in uganda