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Sep 11, 2014

Crocodiles Captured in San Pedro

Two female crocodiles were captured in the north side of San Pedro and ferried to Belize City this afternoon on a barge belonging to Quality Poultry Products. The crocodiles, approximately twenty years old, had become fearless of humans because for some time now they have been fed by residents on the island. American Crocodile Education Sanctuary was called in to take the reptiles into custody; Crocodile Wrangler, Chris Summers, spoke of the danger the animals posed to humans.

 

Chris Summers, Crocodile Wrangler, ACES

Chris Summers

“These crocs right here are going to the sanctuary to live out the remainder of their days because they were being fed by people…not directly fed as a tourist attraction as they used to be, but there is a resort on the island and behind it, they have a restaurant for the construction workers and they were discarding the chicken scraps into the lagoon which was attracting a whole bunch of crocodiles. So it is not directly feeding but it is indirectly; it still takes away the natural fear of man that they have. So these crocs right here, they have no fear of people. They came running to us for chicken. We caught both of them within an hour.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are these coming from San Pedro? And how did they end up here at Quality?”

 

Chris Summers

“They both came from San Pedro on the north side of the island and they ended up here at Quality Poultry because Quality Poultry helps us out a lot whenever we have to bring crocs to mainland facility, they always let us put them on the chicken boat which is a fantastic help and we can’t thank them enough for that. At this size, it is hard to tell what their age is because once they hit sexual maturity, their growth-rate starts to slow down, but they can live to about eighty years old—between eighty to a hundred—if they are taken care of properly. They may be around twenty, maybe thirty, so they could have up to another seventy years and we gotta take care of them. But they can’t be in the wild; because they have been fed so much, they got no fear of people, so they can’t be in the wild anymore. If they are, something bad will happen sooner or later.”

 

Some male crocodiles were also spotted in the area and according to Summers, they will be returning to the island to retrieve them. 

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