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American Crocodile

Crocodylus acutus

The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is a large reptile that can be found in the coastal areas of Central and South America, from Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela. They are characterized by their long snout and large, sharp teeth.

They are typically a dark greenish-grey in color, with a pale belly. Adult American crocodiles can grow up to 6-7 meters (20-23 ft) in length and can weigh up to 600 kg (1300 lbs).

American crocodiles are found in freshwater and saltwater habitats, such as rivers, marshes, swamps, estuaries, and coastal lagoons. They are typically found in tropical and subtropical areas and can also be found in mangrove swamps. 

They are very adaptable, living both freshwater and saltwater, and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and salinity levels.

American crocodiles are apex predators, they eat a wide variety of prey, including fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles, as well as crustaceans, mollusks, and other aquatic invertebrates. 

Young crocodiles feed on small fish and invertebrates. Adults will eat larger animals such as deer, sheep, small cows, wild pigs and even big fish like sharks.

American crocodiles are solitary creatures, spending most of their time in the water and basking on the shore or on banks when not hunting or eating. They are ambush predators, waiting for prey to come close before attacking. 

They are typically docile, but if threatened, they can become aggressive. They are known to tolerate human presence and are less aggressive than other crocodile species.

American crocodiles belong to the family Crocodylidae, which also includes other species of crocodiles and alligators. The scientific name for the American crocodile is Crocodylus acutus.

American crocodiles were once considered an endangered species but after conservation efforts and protection they are now considered as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN red list. their population have recovered but still face threats like habitat loss, hunting and poaching, pollution, and human expansion. 

The American crocodile is protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and in many countries where it occurs, but its population is still fragile.

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