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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.

american crocodile showing teeth

Did You Know?

Crocodile or Alligator? The American crocodile and alligator are similarly designed for aquatic life yet the crocodile grows larger and has a pointier snout.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Crocodylus acutus

Coastal waters and wetlands

7 to 15 ft

60 to 70 yrs

Zoo Location:
Manatee Springs

Fish, turtles, crabs, birds, and other aquatic animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)