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

Map of the world 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, crocodiles in Australia are found only along the northern coast, and not throughout the entire country. For individual distributions, select the range maps (by region or by family) or see the maps which accompany each description in the species list. Click on a region to magnify it. Click HERE to download a large version of the map. [map created by Rodolfo C. Ferioli]

There are 23 living crocodilian species recognised, and they're found in over 90 of the world's countries and islands. Crocodilians are generally found in the tropical regions, being unable to survive and reproduce successfully in cold climates. However, the American alligator and Chinese alligator are the most cold-tolerant and are both found in the highest latitudes of any species.

Alligators and caimans (the family Alligatoridae) are found almost exclusively in North, Central and South America. The sole exception is the Chinese alligator which is found in eastern China. There are a handful of members from the family Crocodylidae (true crocodiles) in the Americas, but the majority are found throughout Africa, India and Asia. The single member of the family Gavialidae (Indian gharial) is found in India and adjacent countries.

The species with the widest distribution is the estuarine crocodile (India to Vanuatu), the species which covers the greatest area is the Nile crocodile (throughout Africa and parts of Madagascar), although the most numerous is probably the fecund spectacled caiman (Central and South America, with feral populations in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida).

Click on a region of the map (America, Africa or Asia) or select a mini map from the left-hand column to magnify it. You can also view the range of a particular species sorted by region or sorted by family by clicking on the icons to the left.

Did you know...?
Crocodiles are found in 91 countries in the world - 51% of all countries. These 91 countries have a combined human population of 4.7 billion people (in 1999) which is 78% of the total world population. 3 out of 4 people have crocodilians living in their country (from Rodolfo C. Ferioli).


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