Crocodiles are known mostly for their stealth as predators — and for having toothy smiles no one wants to see close-up while spending time in the water. The huge animals are less known for traveling great distances, which makes the recent 350-mile journey of one American crocodile one for the record books. Trappers caught the croc in Florida’s Lake Tarpon.
Officials believe the croc had been in the lake for at least a year before it was spotted by a resident in July. She called authorities who captured the 700-pound creature.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed the animal set a record for the farthest distance ever documented for a crocodile to travel in Florida from its birth-place in Miami to Naples and then on to Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County.
Photos: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (top); Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (above)