Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Confirmed To Be Living In Florida

Posted: May 21 2016, 4:10am CDT | by , Updated: May 21 2016, 5:34am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Found in Florida
Credit: Tony Mackrill, National Geographic
  • Florida Researchers Confirm the Capture of Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles

An invasion of the waters of Florida may have occurred by large and dangerous species of crocodiles.

While Florida has its share of native crocodiles and alligators, a large species of these deadly beasts would require a double take by the local inhabitants.

The most recent event that has transpired is the discovery of an 18 foot long crocodile that is about as big in size as a small car. Via DNA probing, scientists have been able to identify several large reptilian species such as the Nile crocodile in the wild.

This beast devours zebras, pygmy hippos and even human beings in the environment of Sub-Saharan Africa. The problem is that three of these crocodiles have been sighted in Southern Florida.

They were swimming here and there and lounging about too. Caught between the years 2000 and 2014, these dangerous monsters had their DNA analyzed.

Also their nutritional status and growth patterns were noted down by the experts. It was confirmed that they were from the River Nile and belonged to a stock living in South Africa. These creatures can survive in Florida and even thrive here.

It seems that there are more such species in Florida. Many of the beasts are probably lurking in the waters of Florida and have not been spotted yet.

The study was published in the Journal of Herpetological Conservation and Biology.

These hardy animals can manage to eke out an existence in the waters of Florida with relative ease. They also grow very fast and ultimately pose a danger to human beings that cross their path.

Between 2010 and 2014, Nile crocodiles attacked 480 people and managed to kill 123 of them in Africa alone. They are omnivores and will attack at the slightest provocation. Avians, fish and mammals would all come within the rubric of prey for these bloodthirsty beasts.

A genetic analysis is ongoing regarding these crocodiles that have been found. It may be that these Nile crocodiles were introduced into the bodies of water by people who did not have the permission to do such a thing.

Several Nile crocodiles are extant in US zoos too. A large number of such reptiles have been imported from South Africa and Madagascar in the past.

The chances are there of a few slipping past the zoo security and being introduced into the Florida’s swamps by shady characters. Florida’s balmy and humid climate ensures that several species from other parts of the world manage to survive there.

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