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    American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

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    American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

    Post by sesrocker on April 27th 2009, 19:41



    Scientific Name: Crocodylus acutus
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Sauropsida
    Order: Crocodilia
    Subfamily: Crocodylinae
    Genus: Crocodylus

    Distribution
    It inhabits the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico and in South America as far as Peru and Venezuela. It also breeds on Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola, and there is a remnant population of approximately 2,000 in Florida, United States.

    Habitat
    The habitat of the American crocodile consists largely of freshwater or brackish water coastal habitats, and mangrove swamps.

    Physical Characteristics
    Some males reaching lengths of 6.1 m (20 ft) in Central and South America, but rarely exceed a length of 4 m (13 ft) in Florida. Like all crocodilians, the American crocodile is a quadruped, with four short, splayed legs; a long, powerful tail; a scaly hide with rows of ossified scutes running down its back and tail; and a strong pair of jaws. It has nictitating membranes to protect its eyes, and it does have lachyrmal glands, and can cleanse its eyes with tears. The nostrils, eyes, and ears are situated on the top of its head, so the rest of the body can be concealed underwater. American crocodiles normally crawl along on their belly, but they can also "high walk". Smaller specimens can gallop, and even larger crocodiles are capable of surprising bursts of speed.


    "Galloping Crocodile"

    Diet
    American crocodile prey can range in size from the insects taken by young crocodiles to cattle taken by large adults and includes birds, mammals, fish, turtles, crabs, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion.

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