“Cruising for Crocs” in Laguna del Tigre

Cruising for Crocs on the Sacluc and San Pedro Rivers. Where do the Morelet’s crocodiles go in Winter when the waters are high?

The population of the endangered Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreleti) on the rivers close to Las Guacamayas seem relatively healthy and it is not uncommon to see as many as 10 in a few hours, especially at night.

In December 2013, however, sightings were very low and we were lucky to see a handful of individuals over a few weeks. The high levels, due to a late but heavy and extended rainy season, probably allowed the crocs access to the inundated thorn scrub and saw grass swamps at the side of the rivers.

The water levels had risen some three metres, unusually levaquin to buy high according to the guys at Las Guacamayas. what will happen this year, will the water levels be as high as 2013, and will that help us work out where the crocs go in Winter?

Join us in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, and be part of a pioneering study of the reptiles and amphibians of the region of El Petén, a region of northern Guatemala. The region is highly biodiverse and home to nearly 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Other notable species found here include howler monkeys, spider monkeys, tapirs, harpy eagles and the elusive and ever alluring jaguar.

 

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Crocodylus moreleti Morelets crocodile

Published : 7th August 2014

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