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Crocodiles in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo


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Crocodilarium In the Popoyote Lagoon at Playa Linda.

Rich in vegetation, this lagoon-estuary next to Playa Linda is home to native wildlife, especially the spectacular crocodiles of all ages that live here. It is an important attraction, especially for children, to observe these carnivorous reptiles in their native habitat, yet within a safely fenced-off area near the road.

Classification: Crocodilia, Crocodylidae Family.

Geographic distribution: Tropical coastal zones of the American continent. On the Pacific coast from the West of Mexico south to Ecuador, and on the Atlantic coast from the South of Florida to Colombia.

Description: These crocodiles are large reptiles with a lizard shape and a long and narrow snout. They normally have a greenish gray back and light-colored belly. Even with their mouths closed some of their teeth can be clearly seen. The neck, trunk and tail are covered on the upper part with an armor of bony scales. The tail is very strong and laterally compressed. The back toes are joined by membranes.

Similar species in the area: none.

Habitat: Mangroves, lagoons, estuaries and swamps of humid and warm coastal zones.

Source: Conventions and Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (OCVIZ)


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