American Crocodile at Wooten's Park, Ochopee, FL (February 7, 2003)
American crocodiles have long, slender snouts, which distinguish them from their cousin the alligator. Also unlike the alligator, the fourth tooth on the bottom jaw of the American crocodile is visible when its mouth is closed. Adult crocodiles are 7 to 15 feet long and weigh 150 to 450 pounds.
Population: There are approximately 500 to 1,200 American crocodiles in Florida.
Threats: Once hunted intensively for their hides, today poaching and the loss of habitat to human development are the greatest threats faced by American crocodiles.
Survival: Crocodiles can reach 50 to 60 years of age.