American Crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

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Basic Information

Order

Crocodilia

Family

Crocodylidae

Size

American Crocodiles are generally between 11 and 22 feet in length.

Lifespan

up to 70 years

Weight

American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) facts, habitat, diet, range, crocodile pictures and more to help you learn to identify the large repitle.

Diet

Carnivore

Breeding

American Crocodiles start the mating process in January and February. Males will mate with more than one female. Courtship is loud and boisterous. Males will roar, protect their territory from other males and show females their teeth. Courting can last months. They mate in spring. Once a female has laid eggs she will keep them warm by placing rotting vegetation on them an guard the nest from potential predators. Sexual maturity is reached when crocodiles are rough 8 to 10 years old.

Range

South Florida

Number of Offspring

30-60 eggs

Danger

American Crocodiles are dangerous! People have been killed!

What does the American Crocodile look like?

American Crocodiles are large stout reptiles. They are lighter in color than their alligator cousins. They tend to be an olive-brown over all. They have long narrow heads and long snouts. They have more than 50 sharp interlocking teeth and protective eyelids that allow them to see underwater. Their nostrils, eyes and ears are all located on the top of their heads, allowing them to stay essentially underwater. Their tails are extremely long and powerful and help them swim.

American Crocodile Habitat

Swamps/Rivers

American Crocodile Facts

American Crocodiles are carnivorous. They feed on fish, amphibians, other reptiles, small mammals and birds. Their powerful jaws clamp down on prey and then swallowed whole. They often will ingest small stones to aid the digestion process. Adult crocodiles have no natural predators besides humans. However, young crocs are vulnerable to a variety of predators including, wild cats, raccoons and birds of prey. Crocodiles play an important ecosystem role of leaving discarded prey for carrion feeding opportunist to enjoy. They are listed as federally endangered and commercial sale of crocodile is prohibited.

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