Crocodylus acutus, 12 March 2021

Crocodylus acutus, the American crocodile.
Monroe county, Florida (12 March 2021).

Though surprising to some, Florida is home to two native crocodilian species. In addition to the more-famous American alligator, south Florida is also home to the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. A large but mild-mannered crocodilian species, C. acutus tends to stick to salt and brackish water environments, especially around Florida Bay and the southern edge of the the Everglades, where this young individual was photographed while I paddled by.

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