A hungry crocodile breaks into a house in Cancun and causes panic

In Cancun, the crocodile species that inhabit the Nichupte Lagoon do not have the capacity to devour the body of a human being, according to experts.

A hungry crocodile breaks into a house in Cancun and causes panic
Crocodile in Cancun. Image: Agencies

A curious crocodile entered a house in Cancun and caused fear among all the inhabitants the reptile was looking for food and that is why it could not resist entering the house. A family was frightened when they found a crocodile inside their home.

The events occurred on Monday afternoon. After what happened, the family immediately called the 911 emergency number to ask for help and assistance to capture the crocodile. Minutes later, members of the Fire Department were mobilized and arrived at the house to provide support, moments later the rescuers managed to capture the crocodile.

The starving crocodile that entered the house was almost six feet long, once captured it was returned and released to a mangrove area, but before that, it was fed a piece of stale bread. The moment was recorded by the neighbors of the family affected by the unexpected "visit", reported Debate.

Huge crocodiles, boas, and raccoons invade the Cancun hotel

Impressive images and videos have been shared where the presence of one of the most powerful predators of the animal kingdom can be appreciated in a visit to the interior of a recognized hotel in the city of Cancun.

The amazing thing about the image is how close these animals are to the few people left in the hotels, as they seem to have taken over their land again and the partially empty hotels have now become their breeding, hunting, and playgrounds for the local fauna.

In the image we see the powerful crocodile resting and threatening the hotel employees with its tremendous open jaws, showing the sharp fangs ready to crush, however, it was not the only visitor because it also found a beautifully colored boa that moved with great freedom.

Raccoons were other jungle tenants that have taken over the wonderful jungle lands of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, the charming little animals have surprised everyone with their tender presence in the hotels that are now empty due to the sanitary contingency of COVID-19.

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. 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 specimen bases 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, some people 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 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.

The crocodile, vital to maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the Nichupte Lagoon

Everyone, the tourism sector, and authorities are interested in having a healthy ecosystem in the Nichupté lagoon and the crocodile plays an important role in this, which is why it must be protected. A better management and conservation program is required for the protection of the ecosystems of this destination, the most important in the country. Monitoring in the Nichupté lagoon serves to carry out studies of density, size, and sites where crocodiles, a key species in the ecosystem, are most present.

To have a healthy ecosystem, it is necessary to have all its elements and the crocodile plays an important role here. As well as protecting them, it is necessary to increase the safety of visitors and workers in and around the lagoon. It is not possible to say how many crocodiles there are in the Nichupte Lagoon, because it is not possible to have a census as it is done with humans. What is done worldwide are relative densities, that is, how many species we see per kilometer.

The last study carried out in 2017 revealed that it was point eight, that is, less than one crocodile, which indicates that the population is decreasing, that many adults have been lost, for 2003 when the first studies began. It is natural to see crocodiles in the sea, and it happens more with the young specimens that go out in search of new territories, and here it is more feasible because the seas are like a great reef lagoon.