People will tell you that there are no crocodiles that live in the wild in the continental United States but “people be wrong.” How do I know this? The thought crossed my mind that I could jump in the water myself, but without any food to entice the mammal, I suspected the manatee would swim away. Panting, I scampered down the ramp and gingerly tiptoed out on the dock. And the SALTWATER CROCODILE IS ALL OVER TGE PLACE NOW!!! And the SALTWATER CROCODILE IS ALL OVER TGE PLACE NOW!!! Receiving an opportunity to actually see a manatee up close was very unlikely. “Crocodiles certainly have recovered in Florida,” said Frank Mazzotti, professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Florida and an expert on crocodiles and alligators. Those numbers are now up to 2,000! I figured that if I could get to the other side of the marina before he did, I could shoot a great photo of his entire silvery body and beautiful whopping big head. This means that the crocodiles were probably released by an unlicensed wildlife dealer, or escaped from someone’s private zoo. The crocodiles that inhabit the United States coexist with the American alligator, and are primarily found south of the latitude of Miami, in Everglades National Park, Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, Dry Tortugas National Park and the Florida Keys. Manatees are protected in Florida. Not really. Uh-oh, he saw me. Nile crocodiles are one of the largest and fiercest crocodile species in the world, bested only by the giant saltwater crocodiles found in Australia. “Florida Keys Crocodiles” even have their own Facebook page (1,200 followers) which shows sightings more like a yearbook page than a warning. Last week, a rather pot-bellied 7-foot American saltwater crocodile found itself newsworthy on Stock Island, but is this unusual? DNA analysis has confirmed that three animals captured in south Florida between 2009 and 2014 are true Nile crocodiles. ! Answer 21 of 74: He answer is YES THERE ARE!!!! Nile crocodiles typically grow larger than their Florida relatives, which top out at around 13 feet. DNA analysis confirms three animals discovered between 2009 and 2014 are true Nile crocodiles – normally found in swamps and rivers in sub-Saharan Africa, Fri 20 May 2016 16.36 BST The crocodile was mesmerizing. My very own Florida Keys manatee. BE AWARE PARENTS OF SMALL CHILDREN ON VACATION!!! Because we visited several more national parks in Florida yesterday, and not only did I learn about the distinctions between alligators vs. crocodiles, but I actually spotted a crocodile swimming in the canal in front of the Marina store at the Flamingo Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. “The odds that the few of us who study Florida reptiles have found all of the Nile crocs out there is probably unlikely,” said Kenneth Krysko, a herpetologist at the University of Florida who led the DNA analysis, published in the Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology. “My hope as a biologist is that the introduction of Nile crocodiles in Florida opens everyone’s eyes to the problem of invasive species that we have here in our state,” Krysko said. I captured a a sinking silver streak. Florida Keys Manatee at Flamingo Visitor Center. In my excitement to capture him on film, I ran around the entire cement rectangle. They can grow to 800 to 1200 pounds. Answer 1 of 74: He answer is YES THERE ARE!!!! THEY LIVE AND THRIVE IN SALTWATER!!! DINNER’S SERVED In the Keys, crocodiles eat fish and iguanas. Crocodile Habitat and Nesting Unlike alligators which prefer fresh water, crocodiles inhabit primarily brackish or saltwater estuaries. So if you stick your feet into the water on the west coast of any of the Florida Keys, your sticking your feet (more or less) into The Everglades National Park. The American crocodile inhabits brackish or saltwater areas and can be found in ponds, coves, and creeks in mangrove swamps. Crocodiles are also more gray with a slight hint of green and alligators are black or dark gray. These are some very timid reptiles, after all. Crocodiles live in ocean water. 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