Trichechus senegalensis are found in shallow coastal wasters and freshwater rivers. They appear to prefer large, shallow estuaries and weedy swamps, and have been reported to avoid salt water (Nowak 1991 and Nishiwaki 1984). Their range is limited by temperature. They are rarely found in waters of less than 18 degrees celsius (Nowak 1991).
Habitat Regions: Tropical; Saltwater or marine; Freshwater
Aquatic Biomes: Rivers and Streams; Coastal; Brackish Water
Other Habitat Features: Estuarine