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A long tapering snout with large teeth prominently showing on both sides of the lower jaw help identify the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). It is grayish green or brown in color. A young crocodile is 8 to 9 inches when hatched from its egg. American crocodiles feed on crabs, fish, small mammals and water birds. Unlike the alligators, they are shy and retiring, and prefer salty or brackish water. Their range extends from South and Central America to south Florida, and can sometimes be seen in the Ten Thousand Islands. The American crocodile is a federally-listed endangered species and is a victim of coastal development and habitat destruction.

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