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 the 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 gradually losing their Cuban crocodile genomes, and their genetics are being gradually swamped. Researchers believe that the loss of this unique genetic lineage may reduce the crocodiles’ ability to adapt to environmental stresses in the future.
These crocodiles can live up to 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.