American Crocodile

American Crocodile
Photographer: Tomás Castelazo

American Crocodile
Photographer: Tomás Castelazo

American Crocodile Range Map (N & S America)
American Crocodile Range Map (N & S America)
Latin Name Crocodylus acutus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location N & South America
Colour Grey/Green
Length 2.1 - 4.6 m (7 - 15 ft)
Weight 68 - 204 Kgs (150 - 450 lbs)


Main Characteristics

American crocodiles have a body length between 2.1 and 4.6 m (7 - 15 ft) and they weigh between 68 and 204 kgs (150 - 450 lbs).

They are grey/green in colour and they have short, powerful legs and a long, powerful tail.


American Crocodiles inhabit southern USA, central America and northern South America. They can be found around river mouths, in brackish waters, salt lakes and sometimes in the sea.


American Crocodiles mainly feed on reptiles, birds, mammals, fish and invertebrates.


Females lay 30 - 60 eggs in nests they have prepared in sand or mud mounds. The eggs are covered over and the nest is closely guarded by the female for 90 days. Upon hatching the young crocodiles are able to fend for themselves.


Humans are the main predators of American Crocodiles.

Interesting Facts

Similar Animals

Orinoco Crocodile
Morelet's Crocodile
Cuban Crocodile
Saltwater Crocodile


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