Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Upper Keys

If you approach Key Largo from FL 905, you’ll be driving through one of the last wild sanctuaries for the threatened American crocodile, indigo snake and Key Largo woodrat – the latter is an enterprising fellow who likes to build 4ft by 6ft homes out of forest debris. Unfortunately, this really is a refuge; the wildlife areas are closed to the public, and your chances of seeing the species we’ve mentioned from the road are negligible.

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