About the Nile Crocodile Nile Crocodiles, however, are feral and were introduced fairly recently. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); All three Nile crocodiles were captured in extreme South Florida. It eats just about anything — including humans. Does Florida have crocs? But how did this species make it all the way there? Fish and Wildlife Service, says by email. In an interesting twist, the captured crocodiles are all related to each other, but not to any other Nile crocodiles kept (legally) in Florida, at licensed attractions like Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The first documented appearance of the Nile crocodile in Florida was back in 2012, when someone caught it and had to release it back into the wild due to lack of a proper permit. Using a DNA analysis, they determined all four were related to Nile crocodiles, or Crocodylus niloticus, which are native to various parts of Africa. Michelle Broder Van Dyke BuzzFeed News Reporter. And while American crocs are quite gentle, the ones from the Nile are a completely different story. Illegal exotic pet ownership in Florida has created an unforeseen threat for both the residents of the area and the native crocodile population. Upon first seeing it, expedition member Frank Mazzotti recalled thinking about how odd it looked compared to the species of the area. The Nile crocodile looks almost identical to the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus. They were found as far north as the Mediterranea… Among crocodilians today, only the saltwater crocodile occurs over a broader geographic area, although other species, especially the spectacled caiman(Caiman crocodilus) (due to its small size and extreme adaptability in habitat and flexibility in diet), seem to actually be more abundant. This was because it wasn’t an American alligator or an Everglades alligator, but a Nile crocodile. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near … For video troubleshooting and help click here. What is more, Florida has a reputation for illegal exotic animal holding. Nile crocodiles have been captured in the Everglades in 2009, 2011, and 2014. Final Thoughts The three captured ones were loose for years before being spotted. Their predatory tendencies have earned them the reputation as one of the biggest threats to humans and wildlife alike. In other words, it's not likely that Nile crocs are being born in the wild in the U.S. And "there is no evidence to suggest Nile crocodiles exist in the wild in Florida" at all, the spokeswoman adds. Nile Crocs can get up to 20 feet long and kill about 200 people in Africa every year. Nile crocodiles have been introduced to Mississippi and Florida in the past but were recaptured before they established themselves in … This species’ historic range, however, was even wider. Three Nile crocodiles found in Florida swamps. However, average-sized specimens are 16 feet long and have a weight of 500 pounds. One of the most notoriously dangerous ones certainly has to be the Nile crocodile. That facility bred Nile crocodiles and said it would no longer do so, according to the spokeswoman. Poll ; Watch Live. Still, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which lists the Nile crocodile as threatened because of its declining population in its native habitats, says the University of Florida findings are concerning. Having them in Florida can also hurt native croc populations, which are suffering because of human impact, through competing with or preying on them, they wrote. Florida can now add the notorious Nile crocodile to the list of exotic and dangerous non-native species that have been found in the sunshine state. Deadly Nile Crocodiles Found In Florida Waters. A University of Florida herpetologist said he isn’t sure how the Nile crocodile got into the Everglades. "It took us two years to catch up to that sucker," says Frank Mazzotti, a professor at the university's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Speaking with Newsweek via email, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission points out that because Nile crocodiles are exotic animals, Floridians must have permits for them and report if they escape. "All of these animals were captured years ago and are believed to have come from the same facility," the spokeswoman says. Nile crocodiles are from Africa. "The American crocodile is one of the most gentle species of crocodilian," Mazzotti says. As of right now, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officials aren’t worried, and believe they have captured all the Nile crocodiles in the area, since there have been no other confirmed sightings and no unaccounted for captive animals. Regrettably, people who own dangerous pets without a license aren’t too prone to this type of responsive behavior. Even though this might seem considerably less, they are still rather large reptiles. Two years later, in 2014, a team of 10 researchers and university professors of the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, scoured the Everglades to do the same. As of last week, 82 facilities in Florida held licenses for Class I Crocodylia, a designation that includes Nile crocs. Florida is also home to a native crocodilian — the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is found along the southern coastline of the peninsula and out into the Keys. powered by. Researchers with the University of Florida and elsewhere found out about the crocodile and went to hunt it down. Previously, using DNA analysis, they found three Nile crocs: one was a foot long hatchling sitting on a porch in Miami.