Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii), also known as the Mexican crocodile, is a modest-sized crocodilian found only in fresh waters of the Atlantic regions. The primary distinguishing feature of Crocodylus moreletii is the snout, which is uncharacteristically blunt for a crocodile. The snout has nostrils centered at its. Skull of adult crocodile, Click, Front view of adult Morelet’s crocodile, Click, Adult Morelet’s crocodile. Click, Adult Morelet’s crocodile (low angle).

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Males and females will also fiercely defend hatchlings against larger juveniles or other predators. This makes the skin more valuable as leather, and has motivated over-hunting.

It spends the daylight hours basking lazily in the sun, although very morelrtii and aware of what is happening around it. Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter 24 3: Leypold, Holt and Williams, New York.

Morelet’s crocodile

The amphibians and reptiles of Alta Verapaz Guatamala. Private Pflege und Nachzucht bedrohter Krokodile. They are medium-sized crocodiles, averaging 3 m and attaining a maximum of 4. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 3: Probably large males dominate the other males in their area, and females prefer to mate with the dominant males.

Ross C A Scalation of Morelet’s crocodile Crocodylus moreletii from Northern Belize. Some Morelet’s crocodiles have escaped from captive breeding areas in Mexico outside their normal range.

Britton, Biogeographic Regions nearctic native neotropical native Habitat Morelet’s crocodiles live primarily in freshwater areas such as swamps and marshes and can also be found in forested riparian cocodylus.


Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 1: Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C.

Some nests have been found containing more than one female’s eggs. Research is currently being conducted into C.

Although it generally occurs in freshwater 2it may also be found in the brackish waters of coastal lagoons 5. Moreletki and other New World crocodiles are closely related to African C. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of genus Crocodylus Eusuchia, Crocodylia, Crocodylidae and the taxonomic position of Crocodylus porosus.

Journal of Herpetology JunVol. Larger individuals are potentially preyed upon by humans and jaguars. Hekkala b, George Amato c, John Gatesy Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Female Morelet’s crocodiles guard their nests until the eggs are ready to hatch. Often in the past this species was confused with the American crocodile Crocodylus acutus 7but it differs by its darker colouration and shorter and broader head 5 6.

Yellow-bellied slider turtle Trachemys scripta. Belize crocodile Crocodylus moreletii. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Invertebrates Animals with no backbone.

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Wild populations of Belize crocodiles are protected in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala 7. It is a Least Concern species. Platt and Thorbjarnason, November These crocodiles appear to share similar qualities with the American mroeletiisuch as habitat selection and feeding behaviors. Their eyes, which are silvery-brown, have special eyelids with nictitating membranes covering them, allowing for vision underwater.

This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. Herpetological Natural History 10 1: X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Low levels of nucleotide diversity in Crocodylus moreletii and evidence of hybridization with C.


Not only do female Belize crocodiles guard their nests and protect their young, males may also assist with care of the young hatchlings 2. Now primary focus remains in the development of sustainable use programs, such as commercial farming.

While Morelet’s crocodiles tend to be dominant predators in crocodylud communities, their eggs and young often fall prey to older juveniles, larger mammalssnakeswading birdsand gulls.

ADW: Crocodylus moreletii: INFORMATION

A checklist of the herpetofauna of Guatemala. Juveniles are bright yellow with black banding 6and adult males are usually darker than females, which retain more of the yellow colour 5. Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: In other words, Central and South America.

Breeding usually takes place between April and June [16] and the eggs are laid before the start of the rainy season. The incubation period lasts 2 to 3 months. Comments on the food and feeding habits of Morelet’s Crocodile.

A key protection from predators is their tough hide and their loud vocal cries.