Sunday, March 25, 2018

Morelet's (or Mexican) Crocodile

The Morelet's crocodile, also known as the Mexican crocodile, is found along the southeastern edges of the Gulf of Mexico, and somewhat inland, as well as on the Yucatan Peninsula, including Belize and portions of Guatemala. 
It is small for a crocodile, from 4.9 to 8.9 feet. It has a very broad snout, is dark gray/brown in color, and has dark bands and spots on the body and tail.   The iris in the eyes is silvery brown. 
It is found mainly in inland freshwater swamps and marshes and in large rivers and lakes. 
We saw a Morelet's crocodile in Villahermosa, in the State of Tabasco, in the Laguna de Las Ilusiones, just off La Venta Park. 

1 comment:

  1. Considering the name of the lagoon, perhaps it was an illusion. Could it have been plastic? Nope, I guess we did see it move.