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    Living with Crocodiles

    Crocodile-human conflicts are still extremely rare, but as with almost any animal, people must still use caution when living near them.

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American Crocodile

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One of the primary reasons that the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 was to protect and preserve critical habitat for the American crocodile. American crocodiles historically occurred throughout mangrove and estuarine areas of South Florida, including the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys.

Crocodile Lake is managed as part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

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Torchwood Volunteers: Monitor planted torchwoods, water and weed when needed. One half day, weekly. Croc Shop Bookkeeper: Manage FAVOR bookstore. Deposit monies, request stock. One half day every couple of weeks. Butterfly Garden Volunteers: help care for the butterfly garden, usually 1/2 day a month Visitor Services: staff visitor center, answer questions and educate visitors, sell croc shop items, help with some office work, etc. Daily, weekly, monthly... Invasive Plant Control: Survey for and assist in the control invasive plants, monthly or as needed Projects: Visitor Center Sign: For those of you talented woodworkers interested in a project, we would like a small sign created with the words routered into the boards. Debris Removal: There are debris piles (metal, tires, construction materials, etc) and old fences that need to be removed in areas throughout the Refuge. Please contact if you're interested.

Page Photo Credits — Crocodile Lake Banner: USFWS, Crocodile: Scott Beasley, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Facebook Logo: Facebook, Heron Sunrise: Mickey Foster, Pet Ownership Cartoon: Nancy Chatelaine, Crocodile Rotator: Adam Emerick/USFWS
Last Updated: May 02, 2016
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