Crocodile Lake NWR
Est. 1980

National Key Deer Refuge
Est. 1957

Key West NWR
Est. 1908

Great White Heron NWR
Est. 1938


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Croc Lake NWR
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GW Heron NWR
Key West NWR

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 1518 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.)

(Photo courtesy of Clay DeGayner)  Click HERE for more photos and info

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

Click here for the article (328 k PDF)

2008 Croc Lake Photos

Keystone Point documents:

Section 7 Evaluation
Refuge Compatibility Determination

Last modified: March 01, 2014

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