Morelet's Crocodile

The Morelet’s Crocodile is a medium-sized crocodilian found in the fresh Atlantic waters of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The average length of an adult is roughly 8 feet long. The Morelet’s Crocodile eats a variety of prey including aquatic invertebrates, fish, small mammals, and even birds.

Little is known about the mating habits of Morelet’s Crocodiles. They are the only North American crocodile to build only mound nests (rather than mound and hole nests). Field researchers have found nests containing eggs laid by more than one female.

Did you know?
Morelet’s Crocodiles have excellent night vision. Their eyes have a layer behind the retina called tapetum, which contains crystals that reflect light.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Crocodilia
  • Family: Crocodyliae
  • Genus: Crocodylus
  • Species: C. moreletii

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