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Morelet’s Crocodile

(Crocodylus moreletii)

 

Category: Reptiles

 

 

Also, known as the Mexican crocodile, this species inhabits freshwater ecosystems of the Atlantic regions of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. It was not until the 1920s that it was recognized as a species separate from the American and Cuban crocodiles, with whom it was long confused. They are opportunistic predators and will eat nearly any prey that they can over-power, including humans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morelet's_crocodile

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/crocodiles/mexican.php

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Crocodylidae
Genus - Crocodylus
Species - C. moreletii

 
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