NAME: American Crocodile
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Crocodylus acutus
RANGE: Found form the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico to South America. Also found in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Within the United States they are only found in Florida.
- They live in waters such as mangrove swamps, river mouths, salt lakes and even the sea.
- They are the largest crocodile species among four existing ones in the Americas.
- They feed on all kind of vertebrates including large mammals.
- Their senses are extremely developed and have keen reflexes especially when attacking on food source.
- Their gestation period lasts 80 days.
NAME: Red-Eared Slider
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Trachemys scripta elegans
RANGE: Found from the United States and Mexico.
- They live in swamps, lakes, ponds and other freshwater regions.
- They feed on plants and other animals.
- They have a green shell and skin with yellow green and dark green markings.
- Males are smaller in size but have longer nails and tail.
- The red stripe on each side of the head distinguishes the red-eared slider from all other North American species.
NAME: Morelet's Crocodile
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Crocodilus Moreletii
RANGE: Found in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
- They prefer fresh water habitats in secluded areas such as swamps, marches, rivers and lakes.
- They are territorial and nocturnal animals.
- They can see underwater due to their nictitating membrane surrounding their eyes.
- They are fast runners.
- They are carnivores that feed on fish, insects, small mammals, brids and other reptiles.
- They have been known to eat their young.
- They are and endangered species.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Iguana iguana
RANGE: Ranges from southern Brazil and Paraguay to as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands; and in the United States as feral populations in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
- They are diurnal, arboreal, and are often found near water.
- They are agile climbers.
- They possess a row of spines along their backs and their tails which helps to protect them from predators.
- Green Iguanas have excellent vision, enabling them to detect shapes and motions at long distances.