Crocodiles are known mostly for their stealth as predators — and for having toothy smiles no one wants to see close-up while spending time in the water. The huge animals are less known for traveling great distances, which makes the recent 350-mile journey of one American crocodile one for the record books. Trappers caught the croc in Florida’s Lake Tarpon.

Crocodiles_and_Coyotes_2013 Photo by Florida Wildlife

Officials believe the croc had been in the lake for at least a year before it was spotted by a resident in July. She called authorities who captured the 700-pound creature.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed the animal set a record for the farthest distance ever documented for a crocodile to travel in Florida from its birth-place in Miami to Naples and then on to Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County.

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Photos: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (top); Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (above)

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.