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Morelet's Crocodile - Information and Images on this Small Crocodile from Central America

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Morelet’s crocodiles, Crocodylus moreletii, lay 20-45 eggs in nests consisting of mounds of rotting vegetation. Heat produced by the decomposition incubates the eggs. The mother and sometimes the male guard the nest. The eggs hatch in about 80 days. The sex of the offspring is determined by the temperature in the next during incubation. The mother hears the calls of the hatchlings and digs open the nest and carries the hatchlings to the water. The young are not fed by the mother, but she continues to protect them for a while as they grow.

Like all crocodiles, and most reptiles, Morelet’s crocodiles are cold-blooded or poikilothermic, meaning their body temperature is regulated by the external temperature, and not by metabolic regulation. However, they can control their body temperature to some degree by their behavior such as moving into sunny spots to warm up or going into the water to cool off. When they get too warm, they may open their mouths and gape to cool themselves by evaporation from the mouth, similar to a dog panting to cool off. Crocodiles can seize prey underwater or above water, but they cannot swallow it underwater, as they must keep their throats sealed to avoid drowning. When underwater, their nostrils are sealed by closed valves, and their eyes may be protected by a nictitating membrane, or “third eyelid”, that gives the eyes a cloudy white appearance. At night, a light shined toward a crocodile reflects back off a mirror-like layer in the retina producing “eyeshine.” This red eyeshine makes it easy to spot crocodiles at night.

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Picture of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, found in Mexico, Belzie and Guatemala.

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Stock photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in cenote, or freshwater spring, with reflection on underside of water surface, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Image of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, rests floating on surface of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, rests floating on surface of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, rests floating on surface of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of aMorelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, rests floating on surface of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Image of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, and diver in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Photo of a juvenile Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, hides among water lilies in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of a juvenile Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of a juvenile Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, gapes for thermoregulation while basking on bank of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Image of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, resting on surface of cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, swims in cenote, or freshwater spring, with reflection on underside of water surface, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Stock photo of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, hiding under ledge in cenote or freshwater spring near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Image of a Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Photo of a diver and Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in cenote, or freshwater spring, near Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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