Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii)

This is a very small South American crocodile and usually grow less than 3m long. Found in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala, these crocodiles have a broader snout when compared to the rest of the crocodiles. They live in freshwaters like swamps, marshes and ponds. Marsh crocodiles are usually very shy, although there have been instances when they have attacked humans. Females lay between 20 – 45 eggs between the months of April and June.
They then guard the nests until they hear the hatchlings call which is about 80 days later. Then they open up the mounds. The juvenile crocodiles eat small fish and invertebrates. As they grow they move on to eating birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. Earlier they were classified as endangered due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting. They are now classified as least concern on the IUCN red list as they are protected under the forest departments of Belize and Mexico.

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