American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Listing Status: and
A large lizard-shaped reptile, the crocodile closely resembles the alligator. Hatchlings are about 23 centimeters in length; adults may grow to 4.5 meters or larger. Florida crocodiles may be distinguished from alligators by their more slender build and their difference in snout shape. The crocodile's snout tapers forward from the eyes while the alligator's snout is untapered and rounded at the end. When the mouth is closed, the fourth tooth in the lower jaw is exposed in the crocodile but concealed in the alligator. The adult crocodile's diet includes fish, crabs, birds, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. The young feed chiefly on aquatic invertebrates and small fish. As a general rule crocodilians feed on any prey items which can be caught and overpowered.
The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the American crocodile
Population location: Wherever found, except in U.S.A. (FL)
Listing status: Endangered
Population location: U.S.A. (FL)
Listing status: Threatened
- States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: Florida
- US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge, J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge... Show All Refuges
- Countries in which the this population is known to occur: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, United States, Venezuela
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|03/20/2007||Foreign (Headquarters)||Wherever found, except in U.S.A. (FL)|
|10/28/1975||Southeast Region (Region 4)||U.S.A. (FL)|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|05/18/1999||South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan (68 spp.)||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|03/24/2005||70 FR 15052 15063||Proposed rule reclassifying the American Crocodile Distinct Population Segment in Florida From Endangered to Threatened and Initiation of a 5-Year Review.||
|04/02/2004||69 FR 17442 17443||Notice of Availability of a Technical/Agency Draft Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan||
|03/26/2007||72 FR 14132 14133||Notice of Availability of a Final Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan||
» Critical Habitat
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type||Status|
|09/22/1977||42 FR 47840 47845||Final Correction and Augumentation of Critical Habitat Reorganization; 42 FR 47840 47845||Final Rule||Final designated|
|09/24/1976||41 FR 41914||Determination of Critical Habitat for American Crocodile, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 41 FR 41914 (American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, California condor, Gymnogyps californianus; Indiana bat, Myotis sodalis; Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus)||Final Rule||Not Required|
|12/16/1975||40 FR 58308 58312||Proposed Determination of Critical Habitat for Snail Darter, American Crocodile, Whooping Crane, California Condor, Indiana Bat, and Florida Manatee; 40 FR 58308 58312 (Percina (Imostoma) sp., Crocodylus acutus, Grus americana, Gymnogyps californicus, Myotis sodalis, Trichechus manatus)||Proposed Rule||Unknown|
To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for American crocodile.
» Life History
No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.
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