(Newswire.net — May 23, 2016) —The crocodiles found in the swamps in Florida, are from the river Nile in Africa. This species of crocodiles eat two hundred people per year in Africa.
The animals were found in 2009, 2011 and 2014, and according to recent DNA tests were confirmed as Nile crocodiles.
The citizens of Florida have a fear that Nile crocodiles are multiplying and will begin to eat people. Unlike local alligators, Nile crocodiles lurk and eat people. They are very dangerous, and not only for people, as this type of crocodile eats everything.
For now it is unknown how the Nile crocodiles arrived in the United States, but it is possible that there are more than three, experts explained, reports the BBC.
University of Florida herpetologist Kenneth Krysko, expert on amphibians and reptiles, thinks the dangerous crocodiles didn’t swim from Africa. He told the Associated Press that one likely possibility is that the crocodiles were brought illegally to America, by unlicensed collectors, who maybe failed to sell them, or intentionally released them.
Nile crocodiles can reach a length of twenty feet, which is much larger than local alligators. Local alligators can be about thirteen feet long, not more.
The giant crocodiles eat fish, insects, birds and all mammals, including humans. They can also attack livestock.
Wildlife experts in Florida are concerned that the animal from Africa could be a threat to the state’s ecosystem.
“I have two words: Burmese python,” wildlife biologist Joe Wasilewski said. “If you would have told me 15 years ago we would have an established population in the Everglades, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
This species of python was first sighted in the Everglades in the eighties, but now there is an established population of the snake. The same thing happened with the tiny Indian Silverleaf – or Sweetpotato – whitefly, just a millimeter long, which has caused more than $100m worth of damage attacking crops in California, Texas and Arizona in the eighties.