American Crocodile


American Crocodile
Crocodylus acutus


Quick Facts

American Crocodile

Found:  U.S. into South America
Size:  17 to 12 feet long (average)
Weight:  1,200 to 2,000 pounds
Diet:  Primarily fishTurtles, birds, mammals
Status:  Endangered
Life Span:  45-60 years

Crocodiles prefer to live in brackish or salty water.  They hunt by remaining completely motionless in the water.  When prey is close they attack - grabbing the animal and drowning it with a maneuver referred to as the "death roll."  In order to attract fish for their meal, they may regurgitate bits of food.  Their cold-blooded metabolism is extremely efficient allowing larger full grown crocodiles to survive for long periods of time between meals.  Crocodiles have brains and hearts that are more advanced than any other living reptile.  This species is among the largest of the world's crocodiles, with Central and South American males reaching lengths of up to 20 feet.   Males in the U.S. population rarely exceed 13 feet.  The crocodilians are living fossils.  They have changed very little since the time they roamed the earth with the dinosaurs.  The ancient crocodilians are said to have had skulls approximately six feet long and preyed on young dinosaurs.

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