Due to the low numbers of American crocodiles, an apex predator in Ambergris Caye, raccoon populations are ever increasing. This creates a vicious circle for the overly abundant raccoons feed on crocodile eggs, decreasing the wild population even more. Less than one percent of the eggs in each croc nest hatch into baby crocs that grow to reach sexual maturity and reproduce. This means it takes two nests to rear one breeding adult American crocodile. Even though the mama croc will cover a raided nest to protect the uneaten eggs, the raccoons keen sense of smell will bring them back to nest night after night until all the eggs are gone. Unlike reptiles, raccoons carry numerous diseases and parasites that are easily spread to humans who come into contact with them or there feces. Please give today at AmericanCrocodileSanctuary.org to help save this keystone species. Thank you! Be sure to check back soon for our upcoming "adopt a-croc egg!"
|Posted by Cherie Chenot-Rose on April 19, 2013 at 3:22 PM||5957 Views|