Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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The Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, established April 2, 1980, hosts one of the last 3 breeding populations of the American Crocodile.
The American crocodile is the second most widely distributed of the New World crocodiles, ranging from the southern tip of Florida, southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. The habitat of the American crocodile consists largely of freshwater or brackish water coastal habitats such as the saltwater sections of rivers, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps.
The American crocodile males have maximum lengths of 15–18 ft. range, although some 21 ft. individuals have been reported. This species is characterized by the most reduced and irregular dorsal armor of any crocodilian.
The refuge is also habitat for the endangered Key Largo woodrat (below.)
Protecting the Key Largo Woodrat: The Key Largo Woodrat project at Disney Animal Kingdom
By Christina Alligood, PhD, Anne Savage, PhD, and Andre Daneault
Published in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums August issue of AZA Connect
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Last modified: March 20, 2013