|Urist likes cave crocodiles for their strength.|
Building destroyer: Level 1
Not hunting/war trainable
(Value multiplier x4)
|This article is about the current version of DF.|
- A huge, predatory reptile with pale, colorless scales and red eyes. It lives in caves and ambushes its prey.
Cave crocodiles are massive, subterranean, reptilian predators which can be found in the first two layers of the caverns - the bane of fisherdwarves and fledgling fortresses who breach the underground too early. The largest creatures inhabiting the first cavern level, they'll spawn individually out of the edges of the water and seek for dwarves to attack and wooden buildings to wreck - they are building destroyers and will topple furniture they come across. Cave crocodile hatchlings reach their full size in 2 years, but don't reach adulthood (for breeding purposes) until the end of their 3rd year.
Because of their size (10 times larger than a dwarf) and hostile behavior, cave crocodiles should be engaged with well-equipped military squads or traps. They can also be used as mounts by goblins during sieges, and they will gleefully swim over any water moat you are using as a defense - whether their riders survive the trek is another story.
Cave crocodiles can be captured in cages rather easily, as furniture for them to topple can be used as bait. They can be trained into valuable pets and either butchered for a great amount of returns or kept as livestock. Products made from cave crocodile parts are worth 4 times more than those of common animals. They are the best egg-layers of all subterranean creatures and one of the best in the entire game, making them the go-to animal for a fortress' egg production. Because of how prolific they can be and their many uses, a cave crocodile farm can be extremely profitable as it will give you plenty of food, bones for crafting and a force of giant reptiles to defend your fortress from intruders. Just take measures to ensure crocsplosion doesn't take down the fortress in the process.
Some dwarves like cave crocodiles for their strength.
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