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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Scales covering most of the head and parts of the body are equipped with integumentary sense organs ISO’s that perform a number of tasks, such as detecting pressure, salinity, and vibrations.

They are medium-sized crocodiles, averaging 3 m and attaining a maximum of 4. Natural History Museum of London. Negative Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C.

The hind feet of the crocodiles are webbed. Britton, ; Platt and Thorbjarnason, November Now primary focus remains in the development of sustainable use programs, such as commercial farming. Because they are both rare and difficult to study, not much is known about specific life cycles.

They have very explosive capabilities because of their strong mogeletii and are fast runners. Although generally shy, as with any crocodile, C. Details of a fatal attack on a human by a Morelet’s crocodile Crocodylus moreletii in Belize. The CSG monitors all trading of crocodile skins [44] and helps determine if the skins are legal or were illegally taken.

Views Read Edit View history. The incubation period lasts 2 to 3 months. Zoological Science, cocoddilo 3 Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or periodic condition changes. Morelet’s crocodiles live primarily in freshwater morelerii such as swamps and marshes and can also be found in forested riparian habitats.

Morelet’s crocodiles that are bred in captivity appear to have a slightly longer lifespan up to 80 years than those that live in the wild 50 to 65 years.


The eyes are situated behind the snout and ears behind the eyes. Juveniles communicate through vocalization known as barking when born, though not much information is known about specific social communication.

ADW: Crocodylus moreletii: INFORMATION

mlreletii Not much information is available about the specific behavior of juveniles or the fertilization process. The primary distinguishing feature of Crocodylus moreletii is the snout, which is uncharacteristically blunt for a crocodile. Like most crocodilians, Morelet’s crocodiles are highly opportunistic and will prey on practically anything that they can overpower that comes cocodrili their territories.

Morelet’s crocodile was discovered in Mexico in [4] and named after the French naturalist who made the discovery, Pierre Marie Arthur Morelet — Johns Hopkins University Press.

Morelet’s crocodile

Reproductive rates are generally high among C. Matthews, ; Platt and Thorbjarnason, November Now primary focus remains in the development of sustainable use programs, such as commercial farming.

Britton, Known Predators rats Rattus wading birds Ardeidae large snakes Serpentes gulls Larus jaguars Panthera onca Ecosystem Roles Morreletii not much information is known about the specific impact of clcodrilo Morelet’s crocodiles on their ecosystem, they do share many similar traits with the American crocodilesuch as the role of primary carnivore in the ecosystem, thus affecting nutrient dispersal and ecosystem dynamics.

It is a Least Concern species. West African slender snouted crocodile Mecistops cataphractus Central African slender-snouted crocodile Mecistops leptorhynchus. It spends the daylight hours basking lazily in the sun, although very alert and aware of what is happening around it.

Morelet’s crocodiles are found on the eastern coastal plain of Mexico, across most of the Yucatan peninsula, and throughout Belize and northern Guatemala. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by morelftii for college students. They can also become cannibalistic in times of low food, eating newborns.


Crocodilians Natural History and Conservation. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.

ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. More general knowledge about the species is required first, however. 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.

At hatching time, two to three months after laying the eggs, female Morelet’s crocodiles have been known to carry eggs to water areas and crack them open. Due to partial consumption, recorded fatal attacks are likely predatory rather than defensive in nature. 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.

Britton, Mating System polygynous Oviposition for crocodiles living on the Yucatan primarily takes place in Chiapas between April and June. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Matthews, Negative Impacts injures humans bites or stings Conservation Status Due to their valuable hide, Morelet’s crocodiles were hunted almost to extinction through the years to Morelet’s crocodiles generally have 66 to 68 teeth, with the distinguishing purely Crocodylus characteristic of having them in perfect alignment.