American Crocodile, Courtesy of Creative Commons, Otto Monge.
American Crocodile, Courtesy of Creative Commons, Otto Monge.

Sanibel Crocodiles: Crocodile Back On Sanibel

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Sanibel Crocodiles: American Crocodile On Sanibel Island Golf Club.

CaptivaRentals.org. Avoid VRBO Fees. Rent Direct From Local Homeowners & Property Managers.The News-Press has a great story on an American Crocodile that is living on Sanibel Island.

“There’s a moving and potentially deadly hazard on the third tee at Sanibel Island Golf Club.

A crocodile appears to have moved into the Sanibel River property, with a golfer reporting a “big alligator on 3” in late January but saying it looked different.

“I drove out, and sure enough,” said club owner Ed Lockard, of the 9-foot croc.

Wednesday afternoon, the beast was basking in the sun as Anthony Baldino of Sanibel Island played just yards away from the river bank, wildflowers and white sands surrounding the green under clear blue skies.”  news-press.com

An American Crocodile famously and peacefully inhabited Sanibel’s “Ding” ‘Darling National Wildlife Refuge for many years, with no issues or aggressive behavior toward humans.  It was once relocated back to the most southern portion of the Florida Everglades, where American Crocodiles are commonly found.

American Crocodile, Courtesy of Creative Commons, Judy Gallagher.

American Crocodile, Courtesy of Creative Commons, Judy Gallagher.

After several months, “Wilma,” the same female crocodile,  reappeared in “Ding” Darling, having instinctually migrated back to Sanibel.  After that, she was left alone and lived for many years on Sanibel.  Sanibel’s American Crocodile died durning a particularly extended cold snap in January of 2010.

Featured image courtesy of courtesy of Creative Commons, Otto Monge.


One thought on “Sanibel Crocodiles: Crocodile Back On Sanibel

  1. MM Merryfield says:

    American crocs are not aggressive and have never killed anyone in the US. They are highly endangered and need to be protected. We are very fortunate to have them on Sanibel and people need to respect and stay away from them.

  2. MMarc Merryfield says:

    American crocs are not aggressive and have never killed anyone in the US. They are highly endangered and need to be protected. We are very fortunate to have them on Sanibel and people need to respect and stay away from them.

  3. Vicki says:

    I have Judy is the lake behind my house in the Dunes. I LOVE when she is around. I have some fantastic footage too

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