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CUBAN CROCODILE

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The Cuban crocodile can live as long as 100 years! This crocodile was formerly found in Cuba, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, now it is only found in two freshwater swamps in Cuba. The Cuban crocodile is a very distinctive crocodile with big teeth and heavy armor. It is an endangered species. The Cuban crocodile has the smallest geographic distribution of any living crocodilian.

Crocodilians are amphibious reptiles using their tails to guide and push themselves through water. Their tails are so powerful that they have been known to "tail walk". They can control their body temperature (thermoregulation) by spending most of the night in the water where it is warmer. At dawn, when the water cools down the crocodile will climb onto land and lay in the sun. Crocodilians are the largest and most highly developed of modern reptiles.

The Louisville Zoo manages the Species Survival Plan for the Cuban crocodile, which is working to maintain the genetic diversity of the species. The Louisville Zoo is working to ensure the long-term survival of the species.



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