Cocodrilos moreletii comiendo charal. Muy sanos y activos. Cedeño-Vázquez, J.R., Platt, S.G. & Thorbjarnarson, J. (IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group) Crocodylus moreletii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. English, –, Morelet’s Crocodile, Belize Crocodile. French, –, Crocodile de Morelet . Spanish, –, Cocodrilo de Morelet, Cocodrilo de Pantano y Lagarto.

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Referring to something living or located adjacent to a waterbody usually, but not always, a river or stream. Breeding usually takes place between April and June [16] and the eggs are laid before the start of the rainy season.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

When this organization started, all of the crocodilian species were either threatened or endangered. Reproductive rates are generally high among C. The location of all the sensory receptors are on the same plane the top of the head which allows them to be completely submerged in water and still have the mogeletii to hear, see, and smell.

A preliminary analysis of worldwide crocodilian attacks. It was not generally accepted as a separate species until the s. Comments on the food and feeding habits of Morelet’s Crocodile. Studies among captive Crocodylus moreletii show females will respond to newborn vocalizations and open the nests. Unlike most other species of crocodilian, Morelet’s crocodiles have no bony plates called osteoderms in their skin. McMurry, and Llewellyn D.

Female Morelet’s crocodiles guard their nests until the eggs are ready to hatch. Morelet’s crocodiles are listed as Endangered under the U. Not much information is known about the specific life cycle of this crocodile. Like most crocodilians, Morelet’s crocodiles are highly opportunistic and will prey on practically anything that they can overpower that comes in their territories.


Retrieved 15 January Britton, ; Liesegang and Baumgartner, Johns Hopkins University Press. Morelet’s crocodile has long been threatened by habitat destruction and illegal hunting.

Archived from the original on Matthews, ; Platt and Thorbjarnason, November ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. Some nests have been found containing more than one female’s eggs.

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. Morelet’s crocodile can be joreletii in freshwater habitats in Central America [4] and along the Gulf of Mexico stretching through Belize, Guatemala, and to Mexico.

Morelet’s crocodile Conservation status. Their eyes, which are silvery-brown, have special eyelids with nictitating membranes covering them, allowing for vision underwater. Not much information is known about further interaction between juveniles and parents. Crocodilians Natural History and Conservation. Retrieved from ” https: Britton, Key Behaviors terricolous natatorial nocturnal motile sedentary aestivation social Range territory size Richardson, Economic Importance for Humans: While Morelet’s crocodiles tend to be dominant predators in their communities, their eggs and young often fall prey to older juveniles, larger mammalssnakeswading birdsand gulls.

Bull Chicago Herp Soc, 30, Consumption of large mammals by Crocodylus moreletii: Typically, Morelet’s crocodiles can be spotted in wetlands submerged below the surface with just the top of their heads visible. Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C. Britton, ; Stafford and Meyer, The males can become larger than the females.


Crocodylus moreletii is active primarily at night, when it accomplishes its hunting and mating. Morelet’s crocodiles are found on the eastern coastal plain of Mexico, across most of the Yucatan peninsula, and throughout Belize and northern Guatemala.

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 habitats. To cite this page: Stafford and Meyer, Range lifespan Status: While not much information is known about the specific impact of the Morelet’s crocodiles on their ecosystem, they do share many similar traits with the American crocodilesuch as the role of primary carnivore in mreletii ecosystem, thus affecting nutrient dispersal and ecosystem moreletiu.

Morelet’s crocodile

Morelet’s crocodiles live primarily in freshwater areas such as swamps and marshes and can also be found in forested riparian habitats. Natural History Museum of London. Positive Unlike most other species of crocodilian, Morelet’s crocodiles have no bony plates called osteoderms in their skin.

Sexual size dimorphism and allometric growth of Morelet’s crocodiles in captivity.