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In this Sept. 18, 2011 photo provided by Shondra Farner, a nine-foot-long American crocodile is seen laying on the bank of a lake in a gated community in St. Petersburg, Fla. While crocodiles are found in the Caribbean and South Florida, it is extremely unusual to see them in central or northern Florida. There are only 1,500 of the shy and reclusive reptiles in the state. (AP Photo/Shondra Farner)

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Rare American crocodile found in Florida community pond

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alligators are a common sight in parts of Florida, but residents of a gated community were shocked to spot one of the animal's reptilian cousins: An endangered American crocodile.. Crocodiles -- which number about 1,500 in the state -- are typically found some 300 miles south

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