Split Jaw Crocodile Chows Down On Horseshoe Crab In Florida

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There is a lot going on in this video…

First, everyone knows there’s a lot of alligators in Florida, but did you know there’s also crocodiles?

Florida has a native population of American crocodiles which are mainly found in the deep southern regions of the state such as the Everglades, but have been spotted as far North as Tampa, which is near the midpoint. Naturally, their population suffered like many native species with the influx of people in the 60’s and 70’s, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates a current population of around 2,000, up from just a few hundred in 1975.

Second, you know those stringray looking things that wash up on beaches? They’re actually horseshoe crabs, which have been living on this earth since before the dinosaurs…

So this video has two creatures that have been living on this earth for millions of years? Sign me up.

But if you thought that was all, prepare for one more shock as the crocodile in question here had quite an injury, which may explain why it started chowing down on crabs instead of something a bit bigger.

The crocodile’s bottom jaw is completely split in two and it’s really wild to see. Both sides flapping around as it tries to crack the hard shell and get to the meat in side. It’s yet another example of animals being significantly tougher than us measly humans…

Despite the advantage the crab had due to the injury, it still got absolutely squashed by the powerful jaws of the croc, a battle its type has been losing for a long, long time.

It’s a short clip but man is it just so impressive to watch.

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