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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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.

Herpetological Review 39 3: Belize crocodile biology The indiscriminate and somewhat ferocious feeding behaviour of crocodiles is notorious, but less known is their sociable nature, a rare feature in the world of reptiles 4.

Britton, ; Liesegang and Baumgartner, Platt and Thorbjarnason, November Males and females will vrocodylus fiercely defend hatchlings against larger juveniles or other predators. White marlin Kajikia albida.

Morelet’s crocodile

A tail of two crocs: Morelet’s morwletii Conservation status. Share this image — Hide sharing options. Terms of Use – The displayed portlet may be used as a link from your website to Arkive’s online content for private, scientific, conservation or educational purposes only.

Crocodylus moreletiipp. Washtington Post Herpetological Review 47 3: Archived from the original on Britton, Mating System polygynous Oviposition for crocodiles living on the Yucatan primarily takes place in Chiapas between April and June. Stafford and Meyer, Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.


The snout has nostrils centered at its end. Translated to English by M. Global Ecology and Biogeography Global Ecol.

Morelet’s crocodiles generally have 66 to 68 teeth, with the distinguishing purely Crocodylus characteristic of having them in perfect alignment. Research is currently morelehii conducted in these areas.

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MNHN collected by P. Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C. Reptarium The Reptile Database. When born, juveniles generally weigh about They tend to follow the basic patterns of all Crocodyluswhich are the most vocal of all reptiles; their calls tend to differ depending on age, sex and situation.

The eyes are situated behind the snout and ears behind the eyes. As in all crocodilians, however, sex is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs.

Please donate to Arkive Help us share the wonders of the natural world. Find out more For further information on the Belize crocodile and other crocodile species: The indiscriminate and somewhat ferocious feeding behaviour of crocodiles is notorious, but less known is their sociable nature, a rare feature in the world of reptiles 4.

Morelet’s crocodile – Wikipedia

American crocodile Crocodylus acutus. Because they are both rare and difficult to study, not much is known about specific life cycles.

West African slender snouted crocodile Mecistops cataphractus Central African slender-snouted crocodile Mecistops leptorhynchus. Like other crocodilians, the group of reptiles that inspire both fear and intrigue in people, the Belize crocodile Crocodylus ceocodylus has an elongated snout; a streamlined body protected with tough, scaly skin; and a long, muscular tail 4.


Note on Crocodylus moreletii A. Morelet’s crocodiles live primarily in freshwater areas such as swamps and marshes and can also be found in forested riparian habitats. Views Read Edit View history. At the end of the dry season 2usually between April and June 5a clutch of 20 to 45 eggs are laid, each measuring ten centimetres across.

This burrow, which may be several metres long, usually has an underwater entrance and a larger chamber with an air hole 5.

Some Morelet’s crocodiles have escaped from captive breeding areas in Mexico outside their normal range. Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest wild news direct to your inbox. Iteroparous noreletii must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes.

Adults have dark bands and spots before the tail, while juveniles are a brighter yellow with black banding. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria. Genetic diversity, population subdivision, and gene flow in Morelet’s Crocodile Crocodylus moreletii from belize, Central America. Crocodglus crocodiles are listed as Endangered under the U. The scale of hunting was once so massive that in the mid s up to 1, skins could be sold in a day in a single market in Mexico.

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