Morelet’s crocodile – Tequila

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About Morelet’s crocodile – Tequila

Scientific name :

Crocodylus moreletti

Common name :

Morelet’s crocodile

Native to :


Maximum size :

up to 3.5 metres

Weight :

150 kg

Reproduction :

little is known about the breeding habits of Morelet’s crocodiles. We know that females build mound nests with plant debris, in which they deposit about twenty eggs. In the wild, females lay their eggs from April to June, so it can be assumed that the breeding season is in February.

Diet :

turtles, small mammals, fish, snails

Characteristics :

the Morelet's crocodile lives mainly in lakes and swamps. They’re naturally timid, but females can be very aggressive during the incubation period of their eggs and stay close to their nest to get rid of any predators (monitor lizards, birds of prey and any other animals which eat eggs). The strong, massive jaw of the Morelet’s crocodile is reminiscent of alligators’ jaws.

Location in the Tropical Reserve :

on Gharial Island, next to the African spurred tortoises

Conservation status


Répartition géographique

Statut de protection

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