Latest American crocodile Stories

2011-06-23 08:33:15

A new genetic study by a team of Cuban and American researchers confirms that American crocodiles are hybridizing with wild populations of critically endangered Cuban crocodiles, which may cause a population decline of this species found only in the Cuban Archipelago. Cuban crocodiles and American crocodiles have been confirmed to interbreed in captivity and were suspected to hybridize in the wild. This is the first genetic study that confirms wild hybridization. The study, which appears in...

2009-04-04 20:22:42

An unprecedented operation has failed to save the life of an American crocodile that was hit by a car three months ago in the Florida Keys. The crocodile, nicknamed RoboCroc after a veterinarian attached four metal rods to his skull, was found dead Thursday morning at MetroZoo in Miami, The Miami Herald reported Saturday. It survived the surgery by two weeks. When the American crocodile was discovered in March, it had not eaten for three months after being hit in December. The animal was weak...

2009-03-04 10:39:03

Florida wildlife researchers are taping magnets to the heads of crocodiles removed from residential areas to try to keep the crocs from returning. They want to see if the magnets, removed just before the crocodiles are released into the wild, will help short-circuit homing instincts that allow the reptiles to follow the earth's magnetic fields right back to the suburbs in which they were trapped, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Lindsey Hord, a biologist with the Florida Fish &...

2009-02-25 13:06:39

An experiment has been launched by Florida wildlife managers to see if they can keep crocodiles from returning to residential neighborhoods. It is hoped that their "homing" abilities will be disrupted by placing magnets on their heads. According to a report in a biology newsletter by researchers at Mexico's Crocodile Museum in Chiapas, there was some success with the method, using it to permanently relocate 20 of the reptiles since 2004. "We said, 'Hey, we might as well give this a try',"...

2005-07-22 07:15:00

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- A writhing mass of crocodiles slithers out of a muddy pond, the animals snapping their blood-spattered jaws shut on hunks of raw horsemeat and gulping them down in one. For the group of onlookers standing right in front of the carnage, with no fence to protect them, it is hard to trust the guide's assurances that the crocodiles are too well-fed to bother attacking. Luis Reyes, manager of the Cocodrilos Continental crocodile farm in northwestern Honduras, hopes...

Latest American crocodile Reference Libraries

2007-01-23 15:29:06

The American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, is one of 4 species of New World crocodile and the most widespread in range. It occurs from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico through Central America and in South America as far as Peru and Venezuela. It also breeds in Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispania. There is also a remnant population in Florida. Their habitat consists largely of freshwater or brackish coastal habitats and mangrove swamps. The American Crocodile grows to a maximum...

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