Morelet crocodile in the Chiquibul
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
Sunday June 21, 2015

Previous | Next | Archive |

BelizeSearch.com
Website of the Day

FCDBelize.org
In the midst of the rolling hills, Belize's mountainous region, bi-national river system, and rich cultural heritage is found FCD actively engaged to conserve some of Belize's most impressive wonders. Co-managing the largest protected area in Belize, namely the Chiquibul National Park and managing the Chiquibul Cave System considered as the largest of its type in Central America, tagged with our various community development and public outreach programs certainly is a privilege to all of us that comprise the conservation non-profit organization. Yet, the challenges are diverse and complicated.. Day to day we face a dire reality where the flora and fauna are being extirpated. To address the challenges, it is clear to us that a multi-effort must be part of the solution. I want to encourage you, therefore, that as you visit our website, to consider yourself part of this important endeavor which many us are pursuing in our quest to protect the beauty of Belize.
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
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.

The Morelet's crocodile inhabits freshwater rivers, swamps, ponds and lakes in forested areas found in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

The Morelet's crocodile is a modest size reptile reaching 300 cm in length and can weigh up to 58000 g. It is dark greyish-brown in color with dark spots and bands on the body and tail. Juveniles are brighter yellow in color with black banding. The crocodile has a long tail and short legs which makes it an excellent swimmer. Its iris is silvery brown in color protected by a special and clear eyelid called the nictitating membrane; this gives the crocodile the ability to see underwater.

The Morelet's crocodile prefers to be in the water, but can also travel on land. It is a nocturnal and carnivorous reptile, which feeds on aquatic invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles, fish and birds. Its body scales have sense organs that detect salinity pressure and vibrations when submerged in the water.

Many have seen the crocodile with its mouth wide open and it may seem aggressive but that is how it cools off, as they sweat through their mouth.

Photograph by FCD Belize

Click here to comment on this picture.

Belize Slideshow




Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!


Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day


button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize