Wild Florida Photo - Crocodylus acutus

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Crocodylus acutus


Florida native

Threatened Florida species

U.S. Threatened species

These large reptiles many be found in fresh or salt water, in Florida they prefer brackish waters and coastal mangrove swamps. Mostly found in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, occasional strays can be found as far north as Palm Beach County on the east coast and Sarasota County on the west. The range extends along both the Gulf and Pacific coasts of Mexico, Central and northern South America, plus much of the Caribbean.
Superficially similar in appearance to the more abundant and widespread American Alligator, the most prominent difference is that the crocodile has a narrower, long tapering snout and prominent exposed teeth when the mouth is closed, particularly the fourth lower tooth. Crocodiles are mostly a grayish-green on top tending to be paler than alligators, with white to yellowish undersides. Males are larger than females, with Florida males typically 4.2m (14 ft.) in length, females 2.5-3.9m (8.2 - 12.8 ft.). They have five toes on the front feet and four toes on the rear feet.
American crocodiles are not nearly as aggressive as their relatives in other parts of the world.

Crocodylus acutus is a member of the Crocodylidae - true crocodiles family.

For more information on this species, visit the following link:
University of Florida IFAS Extension page for this species

Date record last modified:
Jun 27, 2018