Baby crocodiles hatching at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Reserve

(WFLA) – Baby crocodiles are hatching in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

In a video on the complex’s Facebook page, the mother crocodile is seen carefully carrying a hatchling in her mouth to the water’s edge.

The complex says in the Facebook post a mother crocodile digs a hole, lays and buries between 20-30 eggs and has to return to the nest to free the hatchlings at the right time.

When the hatchlings are in the water, the babies are own their own, but they’ll stay in shallow areas to stay safe.

The video was filmed with a remote camera by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Reserve.



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