Illustration of Rat Croc.

Araripesuchus is a genus of notosuchid crocodyliform that lived In both South America & Africa during the Cretaceous period from 125 to 66 million years ago. Its name originates from the Araripe municipality in the state of Ceará in the northeast region of Brazil, where the type species of the genus was found.


These crocodiles from The Cretaceous Period grow about 3.6 ft (1.8m)



There are currently six recognized species of Araripesuchus: the type species, A. gomesii, from the Santana Group, A. wegneri from the Elrhaz Formation, A. patagonicus from the Candeleros Formation, A. buitreraensis from the Candeleros Formation, A. tsangatsangana from the Maeverano Formation, and A. rattoides from the Kem Kem Group.

Two of these six species (A. wegneri and A. rattoides) have been affectionately nicknamed "Dog-Croc" and "Rat-Croc" in media respectively.

In popular culture[]

  • Araripesuchus appeared in the National Geographic documentary When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs as 2 knows species. “Dog Croc & Rat Croc”.
  • It was featured in Ricardo Delgado's Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians mini-series.
  • Animated shadows of Araripesuchus was seen in the PBS Documentary “when whales walked”.