Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Any Floridian will tell you that alligators are the number one animal force to be feared in the state.

Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Did you know that their often confused counterparts are found right here in Florida? The Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 was to protect and preserve critical habitat for the American crocodile!

Part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, this is one of the best things to do in Key Largo. It spans over 6,700 acres with 650 acres of open water.

When you explore, you’ll notice a mosaic of habitat types. These range from tropical hardwood hammock, mangrove forests, and salt marshes. You’ll also be able to observe the eight federally listed endangered species that call this place home.

If you are determined to see the Crocodiles, we advise going in the early winter months when the Crocodiles will venture up onto the land. Early spring yields sightings of many avian varieties during bird migration season. Head back in July and August if you want to see the Crocodiles’ eggs hatching!