Cancun crocodiles harmless to tourists

Contrary to what might seem, the crocodiles located in the Nichupté Lagoon in Cancun's Hotel Zone are harmless to tourists, said Javier Carvallar Osorio, in charge of the conservation program of the Onca Maya A.C. organization.

Cancun crocodiles harmless for tourists. Image from the internet
Cancun crocodiles harmless for tourists. Image from the internet

According to Carvallar Osorio, Nichupté Lagoon is home to two types of species: Acutus, better known as the American crocodile, and Moreletii, commonly known as the swamp crocodile.

This type of specimens base their diet on insects, fish, turtles and other animals that do not include humans, but quite the opposite, they fear them, as they are the main predator of the animal, said the specialist.

However, according to Onca Maya's conservation program manager, reptiles tend to attack when people accidentally approach, feed, enter or fall into the lagoon.

"We're talking about animals that fear man because he's their biggest predator. However, there are people who feed them, the crocodile bites them but in reality what it wants is food because if you realize there have never been cases of crocodiles that eat people, those are not here," said the environmentalist.

In this context, Carvallar Osorio recommended the general population not to feed the animals, if you see one leave it alone, do not approach it and report it to the telephone numbers of the Federal Attorney for Animal Protection (Profepa).

The crocodiles that do eat humans or at least would be able to do so, are those that live in the Amazon or in places like New Zealand, said Javier Carvallar.

"The crocodiles that do eat people or would be more capable of doing so are those found in the Amazon, for example, or New Zealand, if you want to find one of that type is where there are, but not here, we should not be confused or alert about a species that has been invaded their habitat," said the interviewee.

Source: La Verdad

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