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.
Where to see them: Otto M. Budig Manatee Springs
Length: 7 to 15 ft
Weight: 150 to 450 lbs
Lifespan: 60 to 70 yrs
Habitat: Coastal waters and wetlands
Diet: Fish, turtles, crabs, birds, and other aquatic animals
Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)
Crocodile or Alligator? The American crocodile and alligator are similarly designed for aquatic life yet the crocodile grows larger and has a pointier snout.
Range: Southern Florida, Central America, and northern South America