Researchers have confirmed the presence of Nile crocodiles in Florida.
Florida can now add the notorious Nile crocodile to the list of exotic and dangerous non-native species that have been found in the sunshine state.
According to a study by researchers from the University of Florida, DNA testing has shown that three juvenile crocodiles captured in the wild between 2000 and 2014 are indeed of the deadly African lineage of the Nile crocodile.
Furthermore, the study found the crocodiles were able to survive in the Florida climate and indicated there is a good chance there are more yet to be found.
“The odds that the few of us who study Florida reptiles have found all of the Nile crocs out there is probably unlikely,” said Kenneth Krysko, a co-author of the study and the manager of herpetology (the study of amphibians) collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History, in a press release.
“We know that they can survive in the Florida wilderness for numerous years,” Krysko continued. “We know that they grow quickly here and we know their behavior in their native range, and there is no reason to suggest that would change here in Florida.”