Be Safe with Snappy!

Crocodiles are an important apex predator, an animal at the top of the food chain. Crocs keep wetland ecosystems in balance. Without crocodiles, disease carrying animals, like racoons, increase in numbers and can make us sick. When an ecosystem is void of its apex predators the unbalance can kill the entire ecosystem rendering it lifeless.

How to Live Safely with Crocodiles

    NEVER feed wild crocodiles - it is illegal and very dangerous

    NEVER swim in a lagoon at sunrise and sunset. This is the time of day when crocodiles feed.

    STAND BACK several feet from the shore when fishing, at dusk and dawn especially.

    NEVER clean your fish or discard fish scraps near the water's edge or at boat ramps/docks. Take your scraps back out to sea away from populated areas.

    STAY AWAY from crocodile slide marks. Crocodiles may still be nearby.

    DO NOT dangle you arms or legs over the side of a boat, especially kayaks.

    NEVER poke, catch or harass a crocodile, especially small ones and babies. The mother croc may be nearby watching.

    NEVER through any food scraps at the water's edge or around your yard. It attracts fish and racoons which in turn attracts crocodiles.

    BE AWARE of crocodiles at night when your near any water source.

Thank you for your support by reporting all wildlife offenses to the Belize Forest Department at [email protected] or by calling 011.501.802.2079.

Only through working together can we preserve wildlife for future generations.                             ~Cherie

In Belize, it is unlawful to feed, touch, harass, molest, or kill crocodiles. It is illegal to have crocs or any parts of them including teeth, meat, hide, skulls, or bones in your possession without the proper permits, all of which is punishable by fines up to $500BZ for the first offense and a fines of up to $1000BZ or imprisonment for the second offense.