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(Image: Georgiana Wingard, U.S.
Geological Survey. Public domain.)
this crocodile has taken human life in its South American
region, there is only one record of a wild croc of this species
killing a human in its Florida range, involving a cruel
provocation by a man, which led to his death by the crocodile.
This incident demonstrates this animal's ability to kill when
provoked, and the caution that should be exercised by humans
living in their range.
At least two unprovoked attacks in its Florida range have been
reported. A couple paddling in the Florida Keys in 2011 claimed
that their kayak was overturned by a violent crocodile. A second incident took place in a Coral Gables brackish
canal in August, 2014, where a man and woman who were swimming
together in the early morning in a known crocodile habitat
reportedly sustained bite injuries to the arms,
shoulder and back-- signs of a 'textbook' crocodilian attack on a
swimmer or snorkeler.
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The American crocodile's recovery in densely human-populated
South Florida region may have an effect on its typically reclusive
behavior, as it becomes behaviorally desensitized to human presence.
Thus, a sound safety approach is to treat them as similar to
alligators in potential danger.
Their recovery has ironically placed
them in Florida's "nuisance" animal management program alongside
its cousin. Problem crocodiles are caught by licensed trappers
and may be given to qualified zoos and wildlife parks, since
relocating often results in the crocodile returning, even over
long distance, to its origin. Magnets have been used by
officials in the last couple of years - a magnet attached to the
crocodile's head- to try to confuse its brain's ability to
"home"; experimentation will tell if such a practice is
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