Species IUCN Status
The Morelet’s crocodile, which can be found on the Yucatan peninsula, the eastern coastal plain of Mexico, and in parts of Belize and Guatemala, inhabits freshwater areas such as marshes, swamps, and rivers, but occasionally also brackish habitats. It is similar to the American crocodile but darker in color and characterized by a shorter, blunt snout. The Morelet’s crocodile was heavily exploited in the early and mid twentieth century, but is now listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List because populations have recovered considerably with increased monitoring and conservation efforts. Threats to this species include habitat loss, hunting, and death by fishing and turtle nets.