Crocodiles (cocodrilos) in Melaque, 'Costalegre' Jalisco - Mexico

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For the last month, maybe two, we've been having a night visitor that leaves tracks like those below.   We knew it was a crocodile because we see them in the lagoon all the time.  What we didn't know was she had laid her eggs a few months earlier and was now checking on the progress every night.  In the meantime we put up a fence across the back of the yard to keep her out.

So last night she must have heard them 'croaking' and pushed her way under the side fence to dig them up.  I found the hole in the morning with lots of egg shells scattered around so maybe a number of them made it to the lagoon last night.  While standing next to the hole I heard some 'croaking' (or chirping) and thought there might be more.  We dug up seven and that's them in the bucket.  I used gloves to not be nipped and didn't want to leave a human smell.

We decided to put them down on the edge of the lagoon and let mom come and find them - and she did.  I checked an hour later and she was there but swam out 50 yards or so because I was there.  Our Mexican neighbor says mom will stay with them for about 15 days and then they are on their own.

Crocodylus acutus
is the type in La Manzanilla so we assume ours are the same

Baby Crock's Chirping Sound
The sound I heard from the nest (a WAV file)

At the bottom is a photo of a 6 week old baby - 1 meter
 

 
  Crocodile tracks
Cocodrilo tail and feet tracks
 
  Crocodile tracks
Body tracks where she went in and out
 
  Crocodile tracks
Cocodrilo tracks
 
  Crocodile nest
The nest that she dug up
 
  Baby crocodiles
Seven (I think) in a bucket
 
  Baby crocodiles
Close up in the bucket
 
  Baby crocodiles
Babies on the edge of the lagoon
 
  Baby crocodiles
Close up near the lagoon
 
  Crocodile in lagoon
Mom lying off shore waiting for us to go away
 
  Young crocodile on a log  
  Six weeks later one of the babies - about a meter long