Spectacled Caiman In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Florida was undergoing a tourist boom, as post-war middle-class Americans with disposable income sought vacations in the land… The document you requested has not been released yet. Conservation Status Status of crocodile populations. Florida's most famous resident is the American Alligator. ET March 12, 2019 | Updated 6:38 p.m. Crocodile, alligators battle (for sunning space) on Florida golf course Chad Gillis , The News-Press Published 2:54 p.m. A Florida nuclear plant is also serving as the epicenter in the resurgence of an animal once feared to be going extinct – the American crocodile. No Release Version. At the northern limit of its range in Florida, American crocodiles coexist with American alligators. The population biology of the American crocodile in southern Florida has been studied through surveys for crocodiles and nests by a number of individuals and groups since the 1970's. Population estimates and conservation status of the world’s crocodiles, alligators, caimans and the related gharials are given in the tables below. The American crocodile inhabits coastal habitats of extreme South Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and northern South America. The American crocodile is considered at-risk in nearly all parts of its North, Central, and South American range.
ET March 12, 2019 CLOSE They have since rebounded to perhaps a million or more across the entire state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The American crocodile is one of two species of crocodilians endemic to the United States. Coastal mangrove habitats in which crocodiles live were destroyed by development, large numbers of the crocodiles were collected for exhibition and as motor vehicle traffic grew in the late 1930s as people moved into South Florida, road kills took their toll on the crocodile population as well. Florida's alligator population had once dwindled to the point that the reptile was placed on the federal list of endangered species.
But the state is also home to one of the Alligator's much smaller cousins--which is not supposed to be here.