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.