Body length, including tail: 2.3 - 6.1 m
Up to 1000 kg
brackis estuaries, rivers, coastal lagoons and mongrove swamps
Hungry for anything. The american crocodile will eat anything it can overpower, from fish and crabs to snakes, turtles and small mammals. At home in the water, the crocodile moves surprisingly fast when galloping on land. It is also quite noisy considering its lack of vocal cord; pushing air fro lungs to nostrils, it can hiss, cough, growl, grunt and bellow. These sounds come into play for courtship, contact calls and when threatening. But this formidable predator is also threatened, facing habitat loss, hunting and deadly run-ins with vehicles.