Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Are Now in Florida — Because Florida

Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Are Now in Florida — Because Florida
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Florida, home to giant, killer pythons, is now welcoming a new friend to the neighborhood: Nile crocodiles.

The invasive species native to eastern Africa have appeared in the Florida Everglades recently, many thousands of miles from it's homeland, where they're responsible for some 200 human deaths a year, CBS Miami reported.

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Nobody has any idea how the creatures came to the Sunshine state, though some have speculated that it may been through the illegal exotic pets trade. 

"They didn't swim from Africa," University of Florida herpetologist Kenneth Krysko told CBS Miami. "But we really don't know how they got into the wild."

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Like killer Africanized honey bees of a different era, these African crocodiles are considerably more dangerous than their locally found American cousins. In addition to generally being a more cantankerous varietal, the crocs have been known to relish preying on cattle, large mammals and yes, given the chance, it would even eat a human. Between 2010 and 2014, 354 human fatalities were reported caused by the fearsome reptile, BuzzFeed reported.  

Florida has long been a haven for invasive species. In addition to the python and Nile crocodile, the state also boats such cuddly creatures as the Asiatic clam, the walking catfish, the brown basilisk and many others. The list goes on and on

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Jon Levine

Jon Levine is a staff writer at Mic, covering politics and people. He is based in New York and can be reached at JLevine@mic.com.

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