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Where do crocodiles live?

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Crocodiles live in bodies of water in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. Crocodiles inhabit coves, canals, streams and mangrove wetlands.

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Where do crocodiles live?
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Crocodiles, cousins to alligators, can reach lengths of 12 to 15 feet when fully grown. They can also weigh between 250 and 450 pounds. The massive creatures prey upon fish, birds and small mammals, but they have been known to eat smaller crocs and alligators. American crocodiles are considered endangered as of August 2014 due to declining populations. Destruction of habitat and poaching are the main two causes of the decline. According to the Defenders of Wildlife, there are more than 1,000 crocodiles in the state of Florida.

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