Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

62 year old Lorenzo Vazquez Ramirez sustained injuries to his arms and chest when he was attacked by a Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) while attempting to catch hatchling crocodiles at Laguna de Champayan in Altamira.

Location data

Latitude: 22.329494000000
Longitude: -97.896011000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 62
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Trying to catch hatchling crocodiles/provoked
Witnessed: Unknown
Overall Quality of Report
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Date of Incident Date Precision
2017-09-12 Precise
Species Certainty
Morelets Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
Unknown
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About the crocodilian

Morelets Crocodile

Morelet's crocodile is a medium-sized species (recorded at up to 3.5 m/11.5 ft) present along the Gulf Coast of Mexico from northern Tamaulipas state through to Belize and the eastern half of Guatemala; there are also two invasive Morelet's crocodile populations along the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The species prefers freshwater habitat (e.g. swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes) but may occasionally be found in brackish areas, even alongside the American crocodile in some areas (where hybridization between the two species has been recorded). Juvenile Morelet's crocodiles tend to feed on invertebrates and very small vertebrates, while adult specimens may prey upon fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Humans are occasionally attacked (particularly within Tamaulipas, Mexico) but fatalities are very rare and the only recorded cases of actual consumption involved small children. Current threats facing Morelet's crocodile include illegal killing and habitat destruction.

Estimated Wild Population: 10,000-20,000

Conservation Status: Low Risk, Conservation Dependent. 

Crocodylus moreletii
Distribution map

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-09-13 17:30 Brandon Sideleau 100-6699 6699