Crocodile is the largest reptile in Belize, as males can tip the scales at close to close to 850 pounds while
females are a much lighter 400 pounds. They can reach lengths of 15 feet long starting as hatch-lings at about 8
inches long and weighing under 2 pounds.
Morelet's Crocodile and the Speculated Caiman, where in Belize their respective rages end where the others begin,
the American Crocodile's rage encompasses all of Belize. Actually, the American Crocodile has one of the widest
ranges of all the reptiles that are under the Order of Crocodilia in the Americas. Formal rage includes most of
Central America, Northern South America, South Florida, and most of the Caribbean Islands.
Saltwater Crocodile of Australia the American Crocodile does like saltwater. Most Crocodilia, including Alligators,
though they prefer not to, can live in saltwater and crocodiles have even been found at sea. The crocodile's liking
to saltwater is why they have populated such a wide rage, see above paragraph. One of the largest known populations
of American Crocodiles is actually in a hypersaline lake in the Dominican Republic.
American Crocodile is not generally as aggressive as other species in Australia and Africa they are, none the less,
a very dangerous animal. Due to their skin color they are hard to spot in the water
and on river banks. All rivers, lakes and banks in Belize or in any other tropical climate known to be a habitat
for these animals should be approached with caution. ~ Anthony Benjamin