In Manatee Springs at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) population plummeted during the mid-1900s due to unregulated hunting for its hide. Although the population is slowly recovering thanks to restrictions on hunting, habitat loss poses a major challenge to their survival.


  • Where to see them: Southern Florida, Central America, and northern South America
  • Length: 7 to 15 ft
  • Weight: 150 to 450 lbs
  • Lifespan: 60 to 70 yrs
  • Habitat: Coastal waters and wetlands
  • Diet: Fish, turtles, crabs, birds, and other aquatic animals
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)
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