'Man-eating monster' crocodiles have been found in Florida

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
'Man-Eating Monster' Crocodiles Have Been Found In Florida

We all know alligators love Florida. Now, researchers are confirming the presence of Nile crocodiles in the state.

A University of Florida news release states, "man-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found in the Sunshine State."

The team conducted DNA analysis of crocodiles caught between 2000 and 2014 to make their determination and believe more are likely out there.

The press release further notes, "...three juveniles...have been found in South Florida, swimming in the Everglades and relaxing on a house porch in Miami"

The species has quite a track record in Africa.

RELATED: Thousands of crocodiles go hungry at Honduras farm

17 PHOTOS
NTP: Thousands of crocodiles go hungry at Honduras farm
See Gallery
'Man-eating monster' crocodiles have been found in Florida
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed worker looks inside a tank holding baby crocodiles at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Crocodiles climb a mud bank toward workers, at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the Rosenthal family were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A hungry crocodile chews a branch fallen from a tree in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Crocodiles float in the water at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Workers unload raw chicken to be fed to crocodiles at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A worker holds a young crocodile at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A crocodile opens its mouth as it lies on a mud bank at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A crocodile in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Hungry crocodiles in the pool of a private farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Joche, a crocodile which worker Antonio Mejia said was 118-years-old, lies at water's edge, on a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
Starving lions in a private crocodile farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A starving lion in a private crocodile farm in the San Manuel municipality, Cortes department, 220 km north of Tegucigalpa on November 1, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are starving since weeks ago after the owner of the farm was accused of drug trafficking in the United States. Several member of the prominent Honduran Rosenthal family, including businessman and former vice president (1986-90) Jaime Rosenthal, were accused in the U.S. of drug trafficking and money laundering. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Crocodiles climb a mud bank toward workers, at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
A crocodile swims at a farm owned by the Rosenthal family in San Manuel Cortes, northern Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of crocodiles on the private farm have been poorly fed because of a lack of resources, according to authorities and employees at the property, after the bank accounts of the owners were seized during a probe into accusations they were operating a money laundering network linked to drug trafficking. Farm employees said the animals went without food for more than a month, but were finally fed over the weekend thanks to donations. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


According to the university statement, "The ancient icon eats everything from zebras to small hippos to humans in sub-Saharan Africa... (Nile crocodiles) were responsible for at least 480 attacks on people and 123 fatalities in Africa between 2010 and 2014. They are generalist predators and eat a wide variety of prey. In Florida, everything from native birds, fish and mammals to the state's native crocodile and alligator would be fair game for the carnivorous croc."

Researchers aren't certain how the invasive species made its way to Florida but pet trade is suspected to be the most likely pathway.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners