Florida has further burnished its reputation for exotic, and deadly, wildlife with the discovery of three Nile crocodiles near Miami – a good 6,000 miles from where the huge predators are normally found.
DNA analysis has confirmed that three animals captured in south Florida between 2009 and 2014 are true Nile crocodiles. The reptiles can grow up to 20ft (6 meters) long, weigh as much as a small car and have a reputation for being ferocious man-eaters, with an estimated 200 people a year meeting their demise in the jaws of a Nile crocodile.
The crocodiles, normally found in sub-Saharan African marshes, swamps and rivers, aren’t fussy over their dining options, tucking into zebras, porcupines, small hippos and other crocodiles that cross its path.
One of the Florida captives was caught while relaxing on a house porch in Miami, the others were merely frolicking in the Everglades.
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