SLENDER SNOUTED CROCODILE - 6.5x6.5 inches $200.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Mecistops cataphracus
Status: Critically Endangered - 1000-20000 population - hunted for bushmeat and for skin
As told in “The Secret of the Crocodile” - Namibia Oral Tradition Project:
Crocodile was once a beautiful creature. He had a glorious golden and smooth skin, and it was kept in this lovely state by his habits of diving into the muddy waters in the daytime where he was protected from the harsh sunlight, and only coming out at night.
The other animals wanted to see Crocodile*s lovely skin however, and he wished to show off, and so he began to show himself in the daytime to their envious gaze. Under their admiration however, he began to grow vain. He wanted them to look upon him more and more, and so he came up from the murky waters more often in the daytime. He spent longer periods of time under the burning sunlight. His attitude became unpleasant as knowledge of his beauty went to his head, and the other animals grew tired of being bossed around and eventually abandoned him. But by now, Crocodile*s skin had been exposed to the brutal sunlight for quite some time as he continued to seek admiring eyes, and each day that he did so made his skin uglier, coarser, bumpier, and darker, until he became as you see him today, armored in thick scales, and humiliated that no one wishes to look upon him any longer.
Size: 6 x 6 inches