Crocodiles live in still and shallow waterways, such as rivers or swamps, in tropical climates throughout Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Some species of crocodile prefer saltwater habitats, while others prefer freshwater.
American and Morelet's crocodiles, which are both found in the Caribbean regions of North and Central America, can be found mostly in rivers and swamps in both saltwater and freshwater. American crocodiles can be found as far north as south Florida.
African crocodiles, such as the slender-snouted crocodile and Nile crocodile, tend to prefer protected rivers, mangrove swamps and freshwater marshes. The Nile crocodile is also found in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.Learn More
Utan is the name of the largest crocodile in captivity in the United States, as of 2014. The reptile was born in Thailand in 1964 and was introduced to the United States by Alligator Adventure in 2002. Utan is 20 feet long and weighs more than 2,000 pounds.Full Answer >
According to Paw Nation, crocodiles have powerful tails that they use to lash any attackers that cross their paths. They also protect themselves with loud, vocal cries while their tough hide provides an evolutionary defensive mechanism, states the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan.Full Answer >
On average, the lifespan of the saltwater crocodile and the American crocodile is approximately 70 years. Saltwater crocodiles live in Asia, Australia and India. The American crocodile lives in mainly South America and Central America, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Small numbers are also found in Florida.Full Answer >
There are crocodiles found in Florida, but only in the southern part. However, the American crocodile species, the biggest of all crocodile species, is endangered and has a small population in Florida relative to its numbers in Central America, the upper part of South America and the Caribbean.Full Answer >