Rare Crocodile Found By American Shondra Farner At St. Petersburg, Florida (Photo)

By on Sep 23, 2011 in Amazing, Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Rare American crocodile

Rare crocodile
Image Credit: Shondra Farner

A rare crocodile was spotted by a resident of St. Petersburg in Florida, according to reports by several international news sites on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

Shondra Farner found the rare crocodile in her backyard and reported it to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission last Sunday, September 18, 2011. She was able to take a photo of the rare crocodile with its mouth wide open from about a distance of 8 feet.

On Thursday, September 22, crocodile experts hired by FWC put up a crocodile cage trap filled with beef loin in an attempt to catch the endangered American crocodile.

Reports say that there are about 1,500 crocodiles in Florida and they are usually found at 300 miles south in the Florida Keys where it is warmer.

FWC officials revealed that when captured, a magnet will be implanted on the rare crocodile and it will be released into the Tampa Bay. The magnet will help disorient the rare reptile and prevent it from returning to neighborhoods.

According to Lindsey Hord, the crocodile response coordinator for the wildlife commission, this may be the same crocodile that was reported in 2008.

Officials said that the rare crocodile may be feeding itself with ducks that swim in the water.

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