American Crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

The American crocodile population plummeted during the mid-1900s due to unregulated hunting for its hide.  Although the population is slowly recovering thanks to restrictions on hunting, habitat loss poses a major challenge to their survival.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
lengthLength: 7 to 15 ft
weightWeight: 150 to 450 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 60 to 70 yrs
habitatHabitat: Coastal waters and wetlands
dietDiet: Fish, turtles, crabs, birds, and other aquatic animals
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)