The snook kept struggling and the croc wasn't about to give up either. He would rapidly tilt his head back open his mouth and snap his jaws shut before the snook could fall out to rapidly reposition it into the best position for swallowing. I don't know how the snook survived this treatment but it kept fighting for its life. So far I have only talked about the crocodile but let me tell you a little bit about the fish. I think this is a black snook (Centropomus nigrescens). These fish get pretty large up to 5 feet and 50+ lbs or so. This species has a wide range and it is limited by water temperature as they cannot tolerate water below 60 deg F. Snook are often found near shorelines (like this one), inlets, and estuaries and they can even be found in freshwater rivers. They are considered a game fish and known for their strength and speed. They make good eating, as this crocodile could tell you. American Crocodiles have a varied diet. When they are young they will often take insects and frogs, crocodiles have even been recorded eating snails. As they grow larger fewer and fewer animals can prey on them and they in turn can prey on more and more. An adult crocodile has no natural enemies and is pretty much capable of taking practically any animal near the waters edge or in it. However fish makes up most of its diet throughout its life. Humans are the main threat for the american croc due to their hunting it for its hide and habitat loss, the crocodile is endangered in parts of it range and has overall been classified as vulnerable.
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