Croc Spotted in Key Largo

Upper Keys Deputy Jose Hernandez snapped the attached photos of this crocodile at the Largo and Vaca roads area near Mile Marker 106 about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.

That area is near Lake Surprise and the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge is close by as well. Sightings in the area are not uncommon.

The Sheriff’ Office notified the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but the animal was gone when wildlife officers arrived, said FWC Bobby Dube.

The FWC is the primary wildlife response agency and they take the lead in most wildlife related calls.

The FWC reports that crocodile population numbers are on the rise. Keeping an eye on your small pets and children when outdoors in the area is always advisable.