Humans have long hunted crocodiles for their valuable skins used to make shoes, belts, bags and more. From the 1950s to the late 1960s excessive hunting rendered the American croc endangered. This means there has been enough population recovery to sustain the croc population, however this does not make them fully immune to threats.
The larger species of crocodiles are very dangerous to humans, mainly not from their ability to run after a person, but their ability to strike before the person can react.
Other random facts on crocodiles and alligators.
- The animal collective from crocodile is bask, nest or float, while the collective for alligator is congregation.
- How to tell between an alligator or a crocodile? The snout!
- Alligators strongly prefer freshwater, while crocodiles can better tolerate seawater
- Seawater crocodiles are a real issue off the coast of Australia, tourists are warned of the presence of these creatures
- Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongues
“See you later alligator” , “In a while crocodile”
- Crocodile Returns To South Miami Neighborhood (nbcmiami.com)