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The American Crocodile How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale How cheerfully he seems to grin How neatly spreads his claws And welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws Table of Contents Introduction Evolution Family Subfamily Anatomy Differences between the crocodile and alligator Salinity regulation Body temperature Habitats Range Florida Endangered Species Hides Hunting Turkey Point Nesting Sex determination Conservation Farming Conclusion The American Crocodile Crocodylus acutus Crocodylus acutus or more commonly referred to as the American crocodile is the second most widely distributed of the New World crocodiles ranging from the southern tip of Florida both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of Southern Mexico as well as the Caribbean islands of Cuba Jamaica and Hispaniola 1 Species These areas provide the perfect climate for these endangered species that have roamed the earth for over 200 million years Florida is known for its large population of American alligators which are often confused for the rare American crocodile However there are vast differences between the two species Hunted for their hides and the changing of their habitat to beach front property is slowly pushing the American crocodile out of Florida the only place it is found in the United States For 190 million years before the first humans evolved huge populations of crocodilians in more or less their present form inhabited the waters and shorelines of rivers lakes swamps and estuaries of tropical and subtropical lands Today they represent the last true survivors of the huge reptiles that once dominated the seas and landmasses of Earth for over 200 million years 6 Levy However It is inappropriate to treat crocodilians as living fossils whose inferiority forced them
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