American crocodiles are well adapted to life in both the fresh and salt water of Central America's tropical wetlands. With their whole body submerged, they wait patiently for fish, frogs or turtles to pass close enough to be grabbed and swallowed whole. After a noisy courtship, up to 60 eggs are laid in a nest, though few survive raids from thieves such as raccoons. American crocodiles shelter, hide and rest in a series of complex burrows. They do not have as much scaly armour as other crocodiles and will usually only become aggressive if they feel threatened.
Scientific name: Crocodylus acutus
The following habitats are found across the American crocodile distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3