American Crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

American crocodiles have four short legs, scaly skin, a long powerful tail, and a mighty jaw. They have long, slender snouts, which distinguish them from their cousin, the alligator. Their eyes, nostrils and ears are located on the top of its head so that the rest of it’s body can be hidden under water.

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Length up to 15 feet
Weight 150-450 lbs.

Life span 60-70 years

Diet

American Crocodiles are meat eaters. Their diet includes small fish, turtles, snakes, small mammals and birds.

Population

Estimated more than 1,000 American crocodiles in Florida. Estimated 1-000 to 2,000 in Mexico, South and Central America.

Range

American crocodiles are found in southern Florida, South and Central America ,the Caribbean, and Southern Mexico.

Behavior

Found largely where fresh water and salt water mix, American crocodiles prefer inhabiting wetlands, ponds, coves, shallow lakes, canals, creeks, swamps and marshes. During nesting, they will establish their above the water mark, building nests on soil, sand, and elevated well drained sites.

Reproduction
Mating Season January and February
Gestation 2-3 month egg incubation
Clutch size anywhere from 20 -50 eggs; average 38