Tuesday, 1 February, 2000

20 year old Jorge Lorenzana Cruz was attacked by an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) while spear-fishing in the El Esteron stream in Tonala at approximately 4:00 pm. Jorge was rescued by his father who had been within a canoe nearby. He sustained severe wounds during the attack but managed to survive.

Location data

Latitude: 15.759700000000
Longitude: -93.525300000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 20
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Spear-fishing
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
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Date of Incident Date Precision
2000-02-01 Month +/- 30 days
Species Certainty
American Crocodile Certain
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About the crocodilian

American Crocodile

The American crocodile is one of the largest crocodilian species, capable of reaching over 5 m (16.5 ft) in length or larger. The species is widely distributed throughout the Americas from southern Florida, the Greater Antilles and Mexico, south to Peru and Venezuela. American crocodiles are primarily a coastal species, although the species may also be found far inland within man-made reservoirs, lakes and along major river basins. As with other crocodilian species, juveniles are restricted to eating invertebrates and small fish; even as adults fish make up a large portion of this species diet, but birds, reptiles, monkeys, and, on rare occasions, domestic livestock and larger mammals. Attacks on humans are not uncommon, but fatalities are rare. The species is currently threatened with extirpation from much of its range due to habitat destruction, poaching and other anthropogenic factors.

C. acutus
Crocodylus acutus
American crocodile range map

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2013-10-28 15:43 Luis Sigler 100-4244 4244