Sunday, 17 May, 2020

A 28 year old man sustained a broken left leg and a bite to the left hand when he was attacked by a Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) while diving to free a stuck cast net in Indian Creek at around 7:00 AM. The crocodile responsible, around 3.3 meters in length, was killed.

Location data

Latitude: 17.686138000000
Longitude: -88.728536000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 28
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Diving to free a stuck cast net
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2020-05-17 Precise
Species Certainty
Morelets Crocodile Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
3.3 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

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
2020-05-25 17:29 Crocodile Research Coalition 100-7892 7892