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American crocodile
(Crocodylus acutus)
walrus
Description
They are quadruped, with four short, splayed legs, a long, powerful tail and a scaly hide with rows of ossified scutes running down its back and tail. Their snouts are elongated and include a strong pair of jaws. Adults have a uniform grayish-green coloration with white or yellow undersides, while young have dark cross-banding on the tail and back. Their eyes have nictitating membranes for protection along with lachrymal glands, which produce tears.
Dimensions
On average, mature males are in the range of 13 to 16 ft in length, weighing about 880 lb. Females are smaller and rarely exceeding 12 ft in length.
Diet
They are carnivorous, feeding mostly on fish, frogs, turtles and the occasional bird or small mammal. Juvenile individuals eat more aquatic invertebrates and small fish, while recent hatchlings hunt insects on land.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit waters such as mangrove swamps, river mouths, fresh waters, and salt lakes, and can even be found at sea. Within the United States, they are more commonly found in the lowlands of Florida.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS VULNERABLE

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