American crocodiles are shy and reclusive reptiles. They live in brackish or saltwater areas, and can be found in ponds, coves and creeks in mangrove swamps. They are occasionally found inland in freshwater areas along the southeast Florida coast as a result of the state’s extensive canal system.
South Florida, the Caribbean, Central and northern South America
Estuarine, coastal and freshwater habitats
Length: Up to 15 ft
Fish, crustaceans, turtles, birds and mammals
Humans, jaguars, anacondas, and other predators when young
Lay 20-60 eggs; 90-day incubation
Hunting and habitat loss