Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Fat, happy African crocodile flourished in Florida's Everglades: officials

Nobody knows where the lone West African crocodile captured in March came from, but it had a belly full of fish and was growing fast in the muggy Everglades National Park.

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 3:54 PM

The crocodile found in the Everglades National Park in March did not come from a nearby breeder, DNA tests showed.

Wildlife experts are stumped by a gluttonous West African crocodile captured a long way away from home in the moist swamps of Florida.

A DNA test proved the five-foot-long reptile captured alive by authorities on the edge of the Everglades National Park in March did not escape a nearby breeder, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

The croc flourished in the muggy marshes and had a belly full of fish, Frank Mazzotti, a crocodile expert and professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Florida, told the Sentinel.

“It found a place where it could be fat and happy, and that’s not good,” Mazzotti said.

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