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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:25 PM

Nile croc on the loose near Miami

http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/nile-croc-on-the-loose-near-miami/1264258

HOMESTEAD State wildlife officials have given their agents a rare order to shoot to kill in the hunt for a young and potentially dangerous Nile crocodile loose near Miami.

The Nile crocodile, which hails from Africa, can jump higher, run faster and grow to nearly 20-feet, several feet larger than its American cousin, and has a nastier temperament. And while the American crocodile stays near saltwater like mangroves and estuaries, the Nile crocodile prefers freshwater, making it more likely to come in contact with humans and domestic animals.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said they know of only one Nile croc on the loose, but experts said at least two others have been caught in the same area. The commission is investigating where the croc came from, although it likely escaped from a facility or a local breeder, probably as a hatchling.

"They get big. They're vicious. The animals are just more aggressive and they learn that humans are easy targets," said Joe Wasilewski, a reptile expert and veteran wrangler. The American croc "is a gentle animal, believe it or not. That's their nature. They're more fish eaters. They don't consider humans a prey source."

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Reply Nile croc on the loose near Miami (Original post)
jpak Dec 2012 OP
Ian David Dec 2012 #1
Berlum Dec 2012 #2
catzies Dec 2012 #3
jpak Dec 2012 #4
TheCowsCameHome Dec 2012 #5
MoonRiver Dec 2012 #6
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #7
Marrah_G Dec 2012 #8
WinkyDink Dec 2012 #20
hunter Dec 2012 #9
XemaSab Dec 2012 #10
hunter Dec 2012 #13
Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2012 #11
DavidDvorkin Dec 2012 #12
GReedDiamond Dec 2012 #14
freethought Dec 2012 #15
flvegan Dec 2012 #16
A HERETIC I AM Dec 2012 #17
freethought Dec 2012 #18
flvegan Dec 2012 #19

Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:32 PM

1. I hope it's not high on bath salts. n/t

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:43 PM

2. Next thing you know creepy crocs will be

infesting fthe sewers in NYC, LA, Milwaukee, and Pheonix and across the Fruited Plains...Better stock up on survival gear, and foot deodorant now.


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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. Holy cranky carnivorous crocodiles Batman

Just what south Florida needs, another dangerous invasive species.

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Response to catzies (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 04:12 PM

4. If it only ate pythons....

n/t

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Response to jpak (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:19 PM

5. ...or conservatives..

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:24 PM

6. Do they drink tea?

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:38 PM

7. Wait, are we so ignorant that we have to be told the Nile River in in Africa???

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:38 PM

8. Sadly, yes.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:47 PM

20. No; that the Nile Crocodile is from Africa. After all, the French Fry is Belgian! :-)

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 07:58 PM

9. Florida would be even more interesting with saltwater crocodiles...



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltwater_crocodile

Maybe they'd eat the pythons...




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Response to hunter (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:27 PM

10. They have crocodiles there

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Response to XemaSab (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:12 PM

13. Maybe there are some salties...

Crocodylus porosus as opposed to the native Crocodylus acutus.

I was thinking migrating saltwater alligators would be interesting summer visitors all along the east coast of the USA as the climate warms. The American crocodiles don't seem as prone to wander, but I don't know anything really. Just a hunch.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:35 PM

11. Jeezus-- crocs, gators, flying roaches, hurricanes-- why would anyone live in Florida?

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:05 PM

12. Horrible humidity

It's a hellhole most of the year.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:24 PM

14. They are NOTHING compared to Gov Rick Scott!...nt

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:31 PM

15. Well, I'm not going wading in Florida anymore!

A bona-fide Nile Crocodile! Holy Cow! American alligators are downright huggable compared to a Nile Croc. Article is correct though, they get bigger, they're more aggressive and territorial, and have nasty temperament.

There is probably more of them, they just haven't been seen yet.

Welcome to Florida Gustav! (Gustav was the name of a particularly large and dangerous Nile Croc in Africa, notorious for taking people)

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:32 PM

16. Hmmm...*wonders how this Nile croc got here to begin with*

That's a really, really long swim. *thinks*

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Response to flvegan (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:34 PM

17. ::::Whistles innocently:::::

::::whistle whistle:::::


::::innocent innocent::::::


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Response to flvegan (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:36 PM

18. Probably the same way the Burmese pythons got there

Someone probably had the damned thing as a pet only to find out that a crocodile gets bigger and damned difficult to handle without loosing an arm or something. Then they probably just let it go.

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Response to freethought (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 10:44 PM

19. You think?

Then wouldn't it be more fair to maybe capture the croc and return it to natural habitat and shoot the idiot fucking human that did that?

Heh heh, I'm controversial.

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