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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French Crocodile de Morelet. Crocodlus populations of Belize crocodiles are protected in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala 7. Morelet’s crocodile Crocodylus moreletiialso known as the Mexican crocodileis a modest-sized crocodilian found only in fresh waters of the Atlantic regions of MexicoBelize and Guatemala. A documented case of an attack by Morelet’s crocodile Crocodylus moreletii on man.

Females are highly protective of their young and have reportedly been observed to aggressively displace intruders and humans if distress calls of the baby crocodiles are heard and even father crocodiles have been observed to spring to the defense of young crocodiles. Crocodilians Natural History and Conservation.

This and other New World crocodiles are closely related to African C. As in crocovylus crocodilians, however, sex is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs. Share this image — Hide sharing options. Range number of offspring 20 to 40 Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity female 7 to 8 years Average age at sexual or reproductive maturity female 7 years Range age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 7 to 8 years Average age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 7 years Female Morelet’s crocodiles guard their nests until the eggs are ready to hatch.


Journal of Herpetology 46 3: Perran Ross and Sophie Calme X Close Image credit. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes.

Tweet Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator. West African slender snouted crocodile Mecistops cataphractus Central African slender-snouted crocodile Mecistops leptorhynchus.

Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. American crocodile Croxodylus acutus. Check List 11 3: While the effects of exposure are not yet fully known, the decline of American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in Florida following exposure to similar chemical contaminants, gives cause for concern 8. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles.

Morelet’s crocodile

Status in the south of Belize is unknown; reports suggest the species is widely distributed in the Mexican states of Tabasco, Moreleyii, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, and their situation in the interior of Guatemala is unknown. Retrieved from ” https: Morelet’s crocodiles are listed as Endangered under the U. Referring to something living or located adjacent to a waterbody moreltii, but not always, a river or stream. Morelet’s crocodile can be found in freshwater habitats in Central America [4] and along the Gulf of Mexico stretching crocovylus Belize, Guatemala, and to Mexico.

Furthermore, crocodiles are perceived as a threat to both humans and livestock, resulting in the occasional killing of a crocodile near human settlements, and a number of Belize crocodiles also drown in fishing and turtle nets each year 8.

Not much information is available about the specific behavior of juveniles or the fertilization process. Britton, Mating System polygynous Oviposition for crocodiles living on the Yucatan primarily takes place in Chiapas between April and June.

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Not much information is known about particular mating habits between males and females, although they appear to follow some of the same mating habits such as being polygynous of the American crocodile Crocodylus acutus. Also, studies of the levels of mercury within the eggs of Morelet’s crocodiles in Belize has also led to clues about biological contamination there. The males can become larger than the females. Accessed March 18, at http: MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature crocovylus signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite Arkive images and videos and share them with friends.


As a result, the Belize crocodile is now extinct in some parts of Mexico 2. Bull Chicago Herp Soc, 30, Find out more For further information on the Belize crocodile and other crocodile species: Global Ecology and Biogeography Global Ecol.

Britton, Key Behaviors terricolous natatorial nocturnal motile sedentary aestivation social Range territory size 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. Share on Facebook Tweet Send email. Because they are both rare and difficult to study, not much is known about specific life cycles.

McMurry and Llewellyn D. Morelet’s crocodiles live primarily in freshwater areas such as swamps and marshes and can also be found in forested riparian habitats. Blue-grey crpcodylus Thraupis episcopus. Now primary focus remains in the development of sustainable use programs, such as commercial farming.

The herpetofauna of Tamaulipas, Mexico: