American Crocodile Photo Gallery
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
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.