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Hatch dates of American crocodile nests in Everglades National Park and Turkey Point Power Plant 1983-2016

February 4, 2020

We monitored nests from 1983 to 2016 during the crocodile nesting season (April through August) as part of a long-term American crocodile monitoring programs within Everglades National Park (ENP; since 1978) and Turkey Point Power Plant (TP; since 1983). Nests were located during April and May (egg laying period) and monitored from June to August (hatching period). During the hatching period, surveys for hatchlings were conducted nightly at TP by airboat and one to five nights per week by skiff, kayak, or portaboat within ENP. Hatch dates for all known nests within ENP and TP were determined when possible.