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December 3, 2012
What a croc! Reptile on the loose in Miami
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The Washington Times reports:

State wildlife officials have given their agents a rare order to shoot to kill in the hunt for a young and potentially dangerous Nile crocodile loose near Miami.

The Nile crocodile, which hails from Africa, can jump higher, move faster and grow to nearly 20 feet — several feet longer than its American cousin — and has a nastier temperament. Although the American crocodile stays near salt water such as mangroves and estuaries, the Nile crocodile prefers fresh water, making it more likely to come into contact with humans and domestic animals.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they know of only one Nile croc on the loose, but biologists said at least two others have been caught in the same area. The commission is investigating where the croc came from, although it likely escaped from a facility or a local breeder, probably as a hatchling.
12/3/12 7:35 AM
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