American Crocodile

Fun Facts

up to 15ft long

live up to 70 years old

weigh up to 2000 lbs

Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, fish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion. They have been known to attack people, but are far more likely to flee at the sight of humans.

Their habitat of choice is the fresh or brackish water of river estuaries, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps.

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Threats or causes of endangerment

With the exception of the U.S. conservationists agree that illegal hunting and habitat depletion has reduced populations of this wide-ranging reptile to critical levels.

solutions or possible courses of action for protection

Most countries in the American crocodile's range have passed protection laws, but unfortunately, few governments provide adequate enforcement.
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"American Crocodile." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. Dec.-Jan. 2014.