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Many thanks to Rodolfo C. Ferioli for his excellent maps
AMERICAN COUNTRIES CONTAINING CROCODILIANS

Map of North, Central and South America showing the number of crocodilians occurring in each country
This map shows the numbers of crocodilian species found in each country, using a colour code (see key). Please note that it does not show the actual geographic distribution of crocodilians - for example, alligators in the United States are found only in the southern states, and not throughout the entire country. For individual distributions, see the maps which accompany each description in the species list. Feral species are not counted in these maps. [map created by Rodolfo C. Ferioli]

North, Central and South America all contain members of the family Alligatoridae (alligators and caimans), which apart from the Chinese alligator are found exclusively in the New World. There are also a handful of true crocodiles (family Crocodylidae) found in North, Central and South America.

North America contains the American alligator and the American crocodile, plus feral populations of the spectacled caiman in Florida.

Central America contains only one Alligatorid, the spectacled caiman, together with two Crocodylids: Morelet's crocodile and the American crocodile.

South America is an alligatorid stronghold, containing the broad-snouted caiman, the Jacaré caiman, the black caiman, two species of dwarf caiman (Cuvier's dwarf caiman and Schneider's dwarf caiman), as well as the ubiquitous spectacled caiman. The only members of the Crocodylidae in South America are the American crocodile and the Orinoco crocodile. Several Caribbean islands contains crocodilian species, most notably Cuba which contains the endemic Cuban crocodile plus native American crocodile and feral spectacled caiman.


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