UF biologists spent months surveying the coast of south Florida counting the elusive American crocodile, and found it's rebounding. Crocodiles live mostly in estuaries that combine fresh water with salt water.
Now scientists are using the reptile to measure the success of the $7 billion everglades restoration project.
Wildlife experts call the recovery of the American crocodile remarkable. In 1975 when it was first listed as endangered, there were only 20 nesting females in the entire country, today there are 50.
Population: There are approximately 500 to 1,200 American crocodiles in Florida.
Threats: Once hunted intensively for their hides, today poaching and the loss of habitat to human development are the greatest threats faced by American crocodiles.
Survival: Crocodiles can reach 50 to 60 years of age
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