Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida’s scariest invasive species.
Using DNA analysis, University of Florida researchers have confirmed the capture of multiple Nile crocodiles in the wild.
The ancient icon eats everything from zebras to small hippos to humans in sub-Saharan Africa. Now three juveniles of the monster crocodile, have been found in South Florida, swimming in the Everglades and relaxing on a house porch in Miami.
“My hope as a biologist is that the introduction of Nile crocodiles in Florida opens everyone’s eyes to the problem of invasive species that we have here in our state,” said Kenneth Krysko, herpetology collections manager at UF. “Now here’s another one, but this time it isn’t just a tiny house gecko from Africa.”
And here’s a bit more ‘croc-ery’-