A Crocodile experience in Melaque

A Crocodile (cocodrilo) experience in Melaque, Costalegre, Jalisco – Mexico

This story is from a few years ago when I lived on the Lagoon (Laguna de Tule in Melaque)

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.

A few more fotos from the original page – and sounds the babies make

Cocodrilo tracks in the yard

Cocodrilo tracks in the yard

Nest we found the next morning

Nest we found the next morning

Babies in the bucket

Babies in the bucket

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Mom waiting off shore

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