A recent population assessment of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Platt, Steven G. and Rainwater, Thomas R. and Nichols, Stephen (2004) A recent population assessment of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Hepetological bulletin.

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    Abstract

    We investigated the status of the American crocdile (Crocodylus acutus) in Turneffe Atoll, Belize during 2002 and 2004. A combination of spotlight surveys and counts of recently hatched nests were used to census the crocodile population. A total of 49 crocodiles were observed along 40.1 km of survey route (1.2 crocodiles/km) during spotlight surveys in 2002. This encounter rate was not significantly different from that reported in surveys conducted during the mid-1990's. Eight and 20 recently hatched nests were found in 2002 and 2004, respectively. The number of nests found in 2004 exceeds the previously reported maximum count of 15, suggesting that recruitment of breeding females into the population may be occurring . Crocodile nests were found at four sites in Turneffe Atoll. The most significant nesting beach in Belize is located on Northern Cay and currently threatened by a proposed tourist development. Failure to protect this beach could have potentially devastating consequences for C. acutus in Belize.

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      Publisher: Hepetological bulletin
      Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AI) Reptiles > (AIB) Marine
      (H) Protected Areas > (HD) Marine Reserve
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 10:23
      Last Modified: 31 Jul 2014 10:23
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1464

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