Often the sight of a crocodile in a waterway
frightens nearby residents. Crocodiles are shy and reclusive, and
typically choose to stay away from areas where people live. They
will sometimes come into developed areas, but often move on in a
short time. Even if a crocodile remains in the area, there is no
reason to be unduly alarmed.
There has never been a documented bite on a person
by an American crocodile in Florida. Unleashed pets are at some
risk from crocodiles, but pets are always at risk near the water
because of the more likely presence of alligators.
Despite its shy nature, a crocodile is still a
predatory animal and could be dangerous. You should never approach
a crocodile, and if you see one that concerns you, you can call the
FWC's Statewide Nuisance Alligator Hotline (1-866-FWC-GATOR
[866-392-4286]) to report the animal. Your information will be
given to a biologist who will speak to you about the situation. An
FWC Crocodile Response Agent may be sent to do a site visit at your
location to gather more information, if warranted.
Often the best course of action is to simply give
the crocodile time to move on. Fencing is also an option in many
cases. If the FWC's Nuisance Crocodile Coordinator determines that
a public safety issue exists, the animal might be captured and
Relocation is often unsuccessful because crocodiles
can, and usually do return to their capture site, even traveling
over long distances to get there. Relocation is considered a last
option; not only does it usually result in only a temporary
solution to the problem, but relocated crocodiles often die
attempting to return to their capture site.
If a nuisance crocodile continues to return to the
capture site, or its behavior presents an unacceptable risk to
people, under certain circumstances, it could be removed from the
wild and placed into captivity.
If you operate an exhibit that is open to the
public or provide educational presentations and are interested in
giving a home to a crocodile, you may contact Lindsey Hord @
863-462-5197 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
information on the required permits.
For crocodiles to continue to recover, people must
be willing to coexist with them whenever possible. If you see a
crocodile, consider yourself lucky - crocodiles are rare and
reclusive and few Floridians get an opportunity to observe