Monitoring Belize’s Crocodiles

Two species of crocodiles reside in Belize, the Morelet’s crocodile and the American crocodile, but further development of wetland areas is threatening these crocodiles’ existence. Very little data exist on the status and distribution of these species, especially the Morelet’s crocodiles residing in marsh habitats.

In collaboration with the University of Florida, we capture crocodiles, measure and weigh them and give each a unique identification chip. By recapturing marked crocodiles, we can effectively monitor individual growth and body condition on an ongoing basis. Visitors are invited to come along and assist with our data collection and gain first-hand experience about crocodile ecology by our guides.