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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Morelet’s crocodiles that are bred in captivity appear to have a crocodylhs longer lifespan up to 80 years than those that live in the wild 50 to 65 years. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of genus Crocodylus Eusuchia, Crocodylia, Crocodylidae and the taxonomic position of Crocodylus porosus. Views Read Edit View history. The CSG monitors all trading of crocodile skins [44] and helps determine if the skins are legal or were illegally taken.

In other words, Central and South America.

Morelet’s crocodile

Research is currently being conducted in these areas. An Action Plan for their Conservation.

As crocodylsu grow, the diet also expands, to include larger fish, aquatic snails, small mammals 2crustaceans and frogs 5. Research is currently being conducted into C. Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world.

As in all crocodilians, however, sex is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs. Britton, ; Stafford and Meyer, Communication Channels visual tactile acoustic Perception Channels visual tactile acoustic vibrations chemical Food Habits Morelet’s crocodiles vary in diet according to their age and size.


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Richardson, Economic Importance for Humans: Yellow-bellied slider turtle Trachemys scripta. Morelet’s crocodile was discovered in Mexico in [4] and named after the French naturalist who noreletii the discovery, Pierre Marie Arthur Morelet — An inhabitant of swampland, ponds, marshes and lagoons, the Belize crocodile prefers areas of dense vegetation 2.

An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Texas Tech currently maintains extensive research in Belize studying the genetics of different populations and the impact of various pesticides and heavy metal contamination throughout this species. Crocodylus moreletii Morelet’s Crocodile troglodytism.

Not only do female Belize crocodiles guard their nests and protect their moreletiii, males may also assist with care of the young hatchlings 2. Rainwater and Scott T.

Journal of Herpetology JunVol. Although it generally occurs in freshwater morwletiiit may also be found in the brackish waters of coastal lagoons 5. 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.

This has removed the incentive for people to hunt crocodiles and has allowed numbers to recover from previous over-harvesting 8. Identity of Crocodilus mexicanus Bocourt, Reptilia: Morelet’s crocodile Conservation status.

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Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution The amphibians and reptiles of Alta Verapaz Guatamala. Not much information is known about the specific life cycle of this crocodile. Which species are on the road to recovery? They can also become cannibalistic in times of low food, eating newborns. Juvenile crocodiles live in very dense cover to protect them from other predators morelettii might be in the area moreletii will moreletiii there until they become older and able to fend for themselves.


The Belize crocodile occurs on the Atlantic coast of Central America 7from the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, southwards to Belize and northern Guatemala. Zoological Science, 29 3 Britton, ; Platt and Thorbjarnason, November Morelet’s crocodiles generally have 66 to 68 teeth, with the distinguishing purely Crocodylus characteristic of having them in perfect alignment.

Web pages and scripting Jiri Hosek. Positive Unlike most other species of crocodilian, Morelet’s crocodiles have no bony plates called osteoderms in their skin.

Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C. Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: A contribution to a knowledge of the joreletii of a portion of the savanna region of Central Peten, Guatemala.

A key protection from predators is their tough hide and their loud vocal cries. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hekkala b, George Amato c, John Gatesy Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 2: Britton, Key Behaviors terricolous natatorial nocturnal motile sedentary aestivation social Range territory size Reproductive rates are generally high among C.