'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.
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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.