Friday, May 20, 2016

Nile Crocodiles in Florida


Both crocodiles and alligators are indigenous to Florida. Nile Crocodiles, however, are feral and were introduced fairly recently.
Nile Crocs can get up to 20 feet long and kill about 200 people in Africa every year. Authorities don't want to wait until this invasive species becomes a problem. Three Nile crocodiles, which are normally found in swamps and rivers in sub-Saharan Africa, were captured near Miami between 2009 and 2014, University of Florida researchers have confirmed through DNA analysis. Why are man-eating Nile crocodiles invading Florida, and how exactly did they get there?

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    1. Joe, bigfoot in Florida, yes or no?

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  2. COUNTY: Polk County

    LOCATION DETAILS: Boat Landing Rd. and Walk in the Water Rd., east of Lake Wales. I would not like to list the exact location as I do not want people out to harm or harass the creature.

    NEAREST TOWN: Nalcrest

    NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 60

    OBSERVED: While driving home one evening approx. 2100, while passing near Tiger Creek, I witnessed something standing on the side of the road. It was tall approx. 7 to 8 feet, it was standing in front of a road sign as a reference, initially I believed it was a bear on its hind legs, however as I got closer it turned and walked towards the woods. The Creature was dark in color covered in hair and walked upright. It turned away as the headlights from my truck hit it, the creature walked into an area that was heavily wooded with dense underbrush. The creature did not seem to be bothered or concerned with the automobile.

    ALSO NOTICED: There have been several other unexplained events in the general area, one being a strange area matted down with a shelter over head there has been several incidents of objects striking vehicles and structures.

    OTHER WITNESSES: 5, heading home from grocery shopping.

    OTHER STORIES: I believe report #16823 to be very near to my home where I have had several strange events over the past year. From objects striking the house late in the night to dead animals being found day after day.

    TIME AND CONDITIONS: Shortly after sunset.

    ENVIRONMENT: There is a creek nearby, the area is a large amount of state and privately owned land, on the Lake Wales Ridge, there is swamp, pine scrub, and large open tracts of land.

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    1. You did not cite the source. Thats plagarism.

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  3. I didn't know you had native crocs in America xx

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    1. Hi, Puss and Boots. Florida is the only US state that they are native to. Here's what Wikipedia says:

      The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is a species of crocodilian found in the Neotropics. It is the most widespread of the four extant species of crocodiles from the Americas. Populations occur from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico to South America as far as Peru and Venezuela. It also lives on many of the Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Grand Cayman.

      Within the United States, the American crocodile's distribution is limited to Puerto Rico and the southern half of Florida, though at least two have been found as far north as the Tampa Bay area. The current US population, estimated at 2,000, represents a significant recovery from a few hundred in the 1970s.

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