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Prado Crocodile

A lone female Prado crocodile on the side of a riverbank in Prado Wetlands.

The Prado crocodile (Crocodilus minusculus pradensis) is a subspecies of California crocodile native to the Prado Wetlands of California. The Prado crocodile is the largest subspecies of California crocodile, growing about 20 inches long, although unconfirmed reports suggests sizes between 25-30 inches. The Prado crocodile naturally preys on native fish, frogs, water insects, small lizards, small turtles, small songbirds, hummingbirds, eggs, small mammals, carrion, and even smaller California crocodiles of different subspecies. The Prado crocodile is a social animal and may congregate in large groups when a massive migrating jackrabbit husks come into Prado Wetlands in search of newer feeding grounds, and when the jackrabbits crosses the river, the Prado crocodiles prey on the weakest jackrabbits, similar to the scene of Nile crocodiles hunting herds of migrating herd of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles. The conservation status of the Prado Crocodile is Vulnerable and their populations are continuing to decline due to competition and predation from nonnative (invasive) American alligators (who were introduced accidentally after the Los Angeles Alligator Farm closed permenently), and slightly from pollution from humans. However, the conservationists are trying to protect the native Prado crocodiles from extinction by captive breeding before reintroducing Prado crocodiles, the conservationists are also prevent humans from polluting the Prado Wetlands, and the conservationists are culling the American alligators to prevent the alligators from massively killing native crocodiles.
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