Thursday, 12 April, 2018

A man named Enrique T.C. Tenia sustained injuries to both of his legs when he was attacked by an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) "over 2 meters" in length while wading in waist-deep water at Laguna de la Plata near Punta Molas in northern Cozumel. He was apparently working as the guide of a fishing tour when the incident occurred (although the articles do not clarify whether or not any tourists witnessed the incident).

Location data

Latitude: 20.566717000000
Longitude: -86.771187000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age:
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Wading in waist-deep water
Witnessed: Unknown
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2018-04-12 Precise
Species Certainty
American Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
2.5 Low certainty
Location scale Location accuracy
  • Precise Lat/Lon given
  • Waterbody (eg, river name)
  • District (common name for an area)
  • Province (or State)
  • Country

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
2018-04-14 08:06 Brandon Sideleau & Marisa Tellez 100-6939 6939