American Crocodile Crocodylus acutus

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.

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ORIGIN:
South Florida, the Caribbean, Central and northern South America

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HABITAT:
Estuarine, coastal and freshwater habitats

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
800-2,000 lbs
Length: Up to 15 ft

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DIET:
Fish, crustaceans, turtles, birds and mammals

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PREDATORS:
Humans, jaguars, anacondas, and other predators when young

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Camouflage

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay 20-60 eggs; 90-day incubation

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THREATS:
Hunting and habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
70-100 yrs

GALLERY

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CONTACT BREVARD ZOO

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

fax: 321.259.5966

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