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There are approximately 22 species of crocodilians living today.  Of these, there are two species of alligators (one in the United States and one in China), five species of caimans (all in South America, although one has been introduced into Florida), and the long-snouted gavial of India.  The remaining 14 species are crocodiles that inhabit tropical areas throughout the world.  There are two species native to Florida, the American Alligator and the American Crocodile.  There is one introduced species, the Brown Caiman, that is found in canals common to the Miami area.  


     American Alligator