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Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile)

Synonyms: Crocodilus acutus; Crocodilus americanus; Crocodilus americanus var. acutus; Crocodilus floridanus; Crocodilus pacificus; Crocodylus acutus acutus; Lacerta hispaniolica

Wikipedia Abstract

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.
View Wikipedia Record: Crocodylus acutus

Attributes

Diet [1]  Carnivore
Gestation [2]  90 days
Litter Size [2]  38
Maximum Longevity [3]  33 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Coastal, Brackish Water

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Bahamoan-Antillean mangroves Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Mangroves      
Central American Atlantic moist forests Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Central American dry forests Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Chocó-Darién moist forests Colombia, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Costa Rican seasonal moist forests Costa Rica Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Cuban cactus scrub Cuba Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Cuban dry forests Cuba Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Cuban moist forests Cuba Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Cuban pine forests Cuba Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests  
Cuban wetlands Cuba Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Ecuadorian dry forests Ecuador Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Enriquillo wetlands Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Everglades United States Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub Colombia, Venezuela Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands  
Guayaquil flooded grasslands Ecuador Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas
Hispaniolan dry forests Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Hispaniolan moist forests Haiti, Dominican Republic Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Isthmian-Atlantic moist forests Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests    
Isthmian-Pacific moist forests Costa Rica, Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Jalisco dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Jamaican dry forests Jamaica Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Jamaican moist forests Jamaica Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Magdalena Valley dry forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Magdalena-Urabá moist forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangroves Bahamas, United Kingdom Neotropic Mangroves
Panamanian dry forests Panama Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Patía Valley dry forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Petén-Veracruz moist forests Mexico, Guatemala, Belize Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Sierra de los Tuxtlas Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Sierra Madre de Chiapas moist forest Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Sinaloan dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Sinú Valley dry forests Colombia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
South American Pacific mangroves Colombia, Panama, Ecuador Neotropic Mangroves    
South Florida rocklands United States Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Southeastern conifer forests United States Nearctic Temperate Coniferous Forests
Southern Mesoamerican Pacific mangroves Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Neotropic Mangroves    
Southern Pacific dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Tumbes-Piura dry forests Ecuador, Peru Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Western Ecuador moist forests Colombia, Ecuador Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Yucatán moist forests Mexico, Guatemala, Belize Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago Golfo de Fonseca Marine National Park 9779 Honduras  
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Barro Colorado Island Natural Monument III   Panama  
Big Cypress National Preserve V 732120 Florida, United States
Biscayne National Park II 11085 Florida, United States
Bosawás Biosphere Reserve National Resource Reserve VI 1808157 Nicaragua  
Buenavista Wetland Reserve 778949 Cuba    
Caratasca Lagoon Wildlife Refuge 795317 Honduras  
Cayos Utila Wildlife Refuge Marine National Park   Honduras      
Ciénaga de Zapata National Park 1606900 Cuba  
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  
Cordillera Volcanica Central Forest Reserve VI 150571 Costa Rica  
Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge IV 19771 Honduras    
Dzilam de Bravo Wetland Reserve 149170 Yucatan, Mexico    
El Ocote Ecological Reserve Biosphere Reserve VI 251855 Chiapas, Mexico  
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc National Park II 21428 Quintana Roo, Mexico    
Jeanette Kawas National Park 6379 Honduras    
La Amistad International Park National Park II 541617 Panama, Costa Rica  
La Selva Biological Station Protective Zone VI 6052 Costa Rica
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  
Parque Nacional Fronterizo Darién National Park II 1382494 Panama  
Patuca National Park II 935848 Honduras  
Río Kruta Biological Reserve 123553 Honduras  
Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve   Honduras      
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve VI 955579 Queretaro, Mexico  
Reserva del Noroeste Biosphere Reserve 571807 Peru  
Reserva Especial de la Biosfera Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve VI 202424 Mexico  
Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve VI 149920 Mexico    
Roatán   Honduras      
Rus Rus Biological Reserve   Honduras      
Shipstern Nature Reserve IV 20453 Belize
Warunta   Honduras      

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. No
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No
Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru No

Prey / Diet

Anas discors (Blue-winged Teal)[4]
Cyprinodon artifrons (Yucatan pupfish)[4]
Gambusia yucatana (yucatan gambusia)[4]
Gerres cinereus (Yellowfin mojarra)[4]
Palaemonetes intermedius (brackish grass shrimp)[4]
Panoplax depressa (depressed rubble crab)[4]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[4]
Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Neotropic Cormorant)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Carcharhinus limbatus (Spot-fin ground shark)1
Mustela frenata (Long-tailed Weasel)1
Mycteroperca microlepis (Velvet rockfish)1
Noctilio leporinus (greater bulldog bat)1

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Acanthostomum acuti <Unverified Name>[5]
Acanthostomum americanum <Unverified Name>[5]
Acanthostomum caballeroi <Unverified Name>[5]
Acanthostomum loossi <Unverified Name>[5]
Acanthostomum unami <Unverified Name>[5]
Dujardinascaris helicina <Unverified Name>[5]
Paratrichosoma crocodylus <Unverified Name>[5]
Paratrichosoma recurvum <Unverified Name>[5]
Pelaezia unami <Unverified Name>[5]
Proctocaecum acuti <Unverified Name>[5]
Proctocaecum americanum <Unverified Name>[5]
Proctocaecum caballeroi <Unverified Name>[5]
Proterodiplostomum medusae <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Africam Safari (Africam, S. A.)
Alexandria Zoological Park
Barranquilla Zoo
Brevard Zoo
Central Florida Zoological Park
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Ellen Trout Zoo
Florida Aquarium
Fundacion Zoologica de Cali
Guadalajara Zoo
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Hope Zoo (Nature Preservation Found.)
Indian River Reptile Zoo
Kishinev Zoopark
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Parque Zoologico Huachipa
Parque Zoologico Jaime Duque - Bogota
Parque Zoologico Nacional, ZOODOM
Silver Springs Park
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
ZooAmerica (No. American Wildlife Pk.)
Zoological Society of Trinidad &Tobago
Zoologico Nacional La Aurora
Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar

Range Map

Patfa Valley dry forests; USA (S Florida), Mexico Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Margarita, Martinique, Trinidad, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela Terra ty;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org 2Kushlan, JA & Mazotti, F (1989). Population biology of the American crocodile. J. Herpetol. 23(1): 7-21 3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774 4FEEDING HABITS OF THE AMERICAN CROCODILE, CROCODYLUS ACUTUS (CUVIER, 1807) (REPTILIA: CROCODYLIDAE) IN THE SOUTHERN COAST OF QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO, Alejandro VILLEGAS1 y Juan Jacobo SCHMITTER-SOTO, Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.) 24(3): 117-124 (2008) 5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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