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Are Nile Crocodiles the Next Florida Invasive Species?

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National Geographic News 

In a rather terrifying turn of events, they’ve discovered a population of Nile crocodiles in Florida. 

Nile crocodiles can grow up to 20 feet in length and weigh over one ton. In a recent study from 2010 to 2014, three of them were found happily living in the Everglades. Even though these three crocs were juveniles, the chances that they are the only ones in Florida are slim.

All three of the Nile crocodiles had genetically identical DNA to their long-lost family members in Africa. This led researchers to believe that they were released illegally through an unregulated pet trade. However, seeing how easily these three Nile crocodiles were found, there have to be a lot more. Most likely, they are thriving.

“We know that they can survive in the Florida wilderness for numerous years, we know that they grow quickly here and we know their behavior in their native range”, said the study published in the Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology. “There is no reason to suggest that would change here in Florida.”

These crocodiles were responsible for 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa during the time frame of this study. Needless to say, these things are man-eaters.

So, the next time you go hang out down in the Everglades, be on the lookout for pythons, Cuban tree frogs, anacondas… and now, Nile crocodiles.

Maybe one day Florida can get a break!

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Are Nile Crocodiles the Next Florida Invasive Species?