Reptiles of Cuba

Cuban Crocodile

The Cuban crocodile could once be found roaming Cuba, but they can now only be found in the Zapata Swamp. In fact, they now hold distinction of being the most endangered species of the New World crocodiles. Currently, the endangered crocodiles are losing their genetic identity due to their interbreeding with their more prolific relation, the American crocodile. These hybrid offspring are grafually losing their Cuban corocodile genomes, and their genetics are being gradually swamped. researchers beleive that the loss of this unique genetic lineage may reduce the crocodile' ability to adapt to environmental stresses in the future.

These crocodiles can live up tp 50-75 years, though they do not reproduce often. In the Zapata Swamp, you can often see them swimming or occasionally wandering around the shores.

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