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#22164 - 05/08/00 03:39 AM Crocodile Watching
Chris Offline
The latest attraction on the island is lurking in the lagoon close to the water processing plant a couple of miles south of San Pedro Town. A group of saltwater crocodiles, ranging in size from 5ft - 14ft has become one of the great sights for locals and tourists alike. Best time to view them is about 1 hour before dusk. They can come close to the lagoon shore, especially as some folk have been feeding them chicken parts, so a bit of caution is advised. They've chomped the odd dog that ventured too close to the water in the past...one of the local newspapers had a report about it a few weeks ago. Note that these creatures are not seen on the beachfront of Ambergris Caye....they're strictly on the lagoon side. Just another reason to visit Ambergris Caye!

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#22165 - 05/09/00 01:41 AM Re: Crocodile Watching
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I am writing this as one who lives among the Alligators in the St. Johns River Basin area of Central Florida. (Any doubts go to my web
at http://oldgatorsnest.addr.com). Alligators are or can be bad. Crocodiles can be damn bad. I have personally seen a 10 ft. gator come up on the bank, catch a full grown german shepherd pull it back in the water and under water in less than 3 seconds and never a sign of them after that.
A 9 or 10 ft. Aligator or Crocodile is capable of a. Out running a large dog,or, a man or woman (not to mention a child)for a distance of 40 to 50 feet on land. b. They are strong enough to then pull the victum back to the water and c. then disappearing under water with them without another sign of the struggle.
Do not feed these great creaturs. They become acclimated to man and relate us to food. Then when there is not food they will possibly decide we are food. Go and see them in the wild they are Magnificent Creatures. Have respect for them as preditors who were there long before you got there and respect their home. Don't get near them, stay back and watch from a distance and keep the kids with you at all times, do not let them wander off by themselves. In the case of Ambergris Caye it is the Garbage that they are interested in and which is bringing them to the area. They most often feed and move around at night and sleep up in the mangroves during the day time. Use caution and enjoy.


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#22166 - 05/09/00 07:41 PM Re: Crocodile Watching
Laguna Punta Offline
Thanks for info. Will be going to San Pedro for a couple of months on Monday. Will be getting a place on-line on the lagoon adjacent to the end of the landing strip. I've known of the Crocks presence and will keep an eye out, I'm no Steve Irwin (the Crockadile Hunter). Live and let live is my motto.
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#22167 - 05/10/00 04:38 PM Re: Crocodile Watching
Jenn Offline
I didn't know about the crocs when I was in San Pedro, but one day I was getting a tour of the plant, and my friend pointed it out to me. It really is huge! I watched it catch a bird out of midair! One moment it looked almost dead, the next moment it reached up and grabbed a bird that was flying over his head. The whole thing took less than a minute. They most certainly are amazing animals. I never saw it anywhere else on the island, though. Have fun!

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