FWC: Alligators, Crocodiles Get Active This Time of Year

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As spring weather replaces cold winter, Florida’s alligators and crocodiles become active. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) once again reminds state residents and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water. (My FWC image)

As spring weather replaces cold winter, Florida’s alligators and crocodiles become active.

FWCThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) once again reminds state residents and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

Florida is home to two native crocodilians: the American alligator, which is found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, which may be found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida.

Both species have shared Florida’s waters with people for centuries.

The FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water.

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There are other precautionary measures people should take to reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators and crocodiles, and they are available in the Living with Alligators brochure at MyFWC.com/Alligator and the Living with Crocodiles brochure at MyFWC.com/Crocodile.

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The FWC advises people who have concerns with an alligator or crocodile posing a threat to people, pets or property, to call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida’s heritage and play a valuable role in the habitats where they live.

For more information on alligators and crocodiles, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator.

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From top to bottom, the American crocodile, spectacled caiman and American alligator.

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How are crocodiles are different from the more common alligator? While coloration and teeth positioning are good ways to differentiate between the two, the best physical difference is the shape of their snout – the American crocodile has a narrow, tapered snout while the American alligator has a broad, rounded snout. (MyFwc.org image)

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) once again reminds state residents and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water. Florida is home to two native crocodilians: the American alligator, which is found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, which may be found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida’s waters with people for centuries. (MyFWC.org)


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