Morelet crocodile in the Chiquibul
The Chiquibul is best known for its macaws but there are a diverse number of other amazing wildlife species. But no need to be afraid – since wild animals are traditionally not aggressive unless you bother or threaten them. This is the morelet crocodile. Due to the dam structure in the Chalillo Lake, this is but one of the species that has been increasing in numbers.
Morelet’s Crocodile are generally limited to a few areas in the coastal lowlands of Belize. They have been seen at the higher elevations of southern Belize. These often shy and timid crocodiles were once heavily hunted in Belize for its hide; and, their numbers have rebounded after the passing of the Wildlife Protection Act.
The Morelet’s Crocodile preys on aquatic invertebrates, fish, small mammals and birds. Morelet's Crocodiles usually grow to about 3 meters in length – it is the smallest of the two crocodiles species living in Belize.
Photograph by FCD Belize
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