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FAMILY:
ALLIGATORIDAE

A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
C. crocodilus
C. c. apaporiensis
C. c. fuscus
C. latirostris
C. yacare
M. niger
P. palpebrosus
P. trigonatus

FAMILY:
CROCODYLIDAE

C. acutus
C. intermedius
C. johnstoni
C. mindorensis
C. moreletii
C. niloticus
C. novaeguineae
C. palustris
C. porosus
C. rhombifer
C. siamensis
M. cataphractus
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

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Caiman crocodilus fuscus

With its endearing appearance and small size when young, this sub-species of the spectacled caiman has been very popular with the pet trade, but it requires a dedicated owner to look after an animal which can exceed 6 feet in length, and which often attains an unpleasant disposition. Unwanted pets have been released by their owners, and now viable populations of this sub-species exist in both Florida and Cuba, representing a potential threat to native fauna.

Photograph courtesy of Steve Grenard

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