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American Crocodile

American crocodile is a type of crocodilian occurring in the Americas. It is susceptible to cold. The species is known to be less aggressive.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Superorder Crocodylomorpha
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Crocodylidae
    Genus Crocodylus
    Scientific Name Crocodylus acutus


    Other Names Central American Alligator, South American Alligator, American Saltwater Crocodile
    Size Males: 4.1 – 4.8 m; larger specimens can measure 6.1m
    Females: 2.5 to 3 m
    Weight Male: Around 400 kg; larger specimens can weigh up to 907 kg
    Female: Up to 173 kg
    Color Uniform grayish-green with yellow or white undersides
    Distribution Southern Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, southern half of Florida
    Habitat Coastal areas, brackish lakes, mangrove swamps, cays, lagoons
    Diet Fishes, Birds, mammals, crabs, snails, turtles, frogs, occasionally carrion, snakes, cattle’s
    Hibernation Fact Do not hibernate
    Breeding Season End of fall season or early winter
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 30 to 70 eggs
    Incubation Period 75 to 80 days
    Reproductive Age 8 to 10 years of age
    Average Lifespan 60 to 70 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on November 9th 2016 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 7th April 2017.

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