Crocodile in Nichupte Lagoon…

Our first day in Cancun we saw this sign and thought it might be neat it might be to see a crocodile, from a distance…

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Imagine our surprise when a couple hundred yards down the sidewalk we spotted this guy sunning himself…P1100213

Too neat!

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The American crocodile is considered an endangered species in nearly all parts of its North, Central, and South American range. Survey data, except in the United States, is poor or nonexistent, but conservationists agree that illegal hunting and habitat depletion has reduced populations of this wide-ranging reptile to critical levels.

A small, remnant population lives in southern Florida, but most are found in southern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Their habitat of choice is the fresh or brackish water of river estuaries, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps.

A prehistoric-looking creature, it is distinguishable from its cousin, the American alligator, by its longer, thinner snout, its lighter color, and two long teeth on the lower jaw that are visible when its mouth is closed.

This species is among the largest of the world’s crocodiles, with Central and South American males reaching lengths of up to 20 feet (6.1 meters). Males in the U.S. population rarely exceed 13 feet (4 meters), however.

Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, fish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion. They have been known to attack people, but are far more likely to flee at the sight of humans.

Most countries in the American crocodile’s range have passed protection laws, but unfortunately, few governments provide adequate enforcement

For more info visit here…http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/american-crocodile/

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Nature Notes

Gone for the week

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It hasn’t been all fun and games though! I went snorkeling with one of my friends. We were suppose to go to three different sights to snorkel. We almost finished the first spot when something hit my arm and it started to burn instantly. It hurt so bad! My arm wasn’t even red but it felt like it was on fire. We signaled for the pick up boat and by the time it was able to get out of the water it started to turn slightly red. At shore it was really red and we could see welts within the redness and it was determined that it was a jellyfish sting. They poured some vinegar over it and offered me some tequila. It was hurting so bad and I was so cold despite it being very warm. I couldn’t quit shaking and thought I was going to be sick. Then my hand turned a dark blue/purple color and did I mention I hurt? I was trying not to cry and got a bit freaked out about my hand being blue , so we called it a day, called a cab and went back to the hotel.

Our husbands were both in meetings, so I called mine and told him what had happened. The taxi driver didn’t understand much English and I speak even less Spanish. He told me, no more tequila for you when he saw my arm. I think he thought I fell on it! It took over 40 minutes to get back to the motel. I was in so much pain and still shaking so bad! The hotel brought me some warm towels and called the motels doctor. We went back to our room were I jumped in a hot shower, the hot water helped to warm me up and stopped the pain and burning in my arm. When I took it out of the warm water it would instantly start to hurt again. The doctor gave me some “stuff” to put on it, which helped a bit. Slowly the color came back to my hand too.

It was pretty sore the first night, I couldn’t stand anything rubbing up against it and would wake up in the middle of night and have to jump in the shower. Today it just has a feeling like I’m being prickled and it itches like crazy!!

My arm looks better too. It’s actually kind of cool! I can see right where the tentacles hit my arm. Three on the lower arm and two on the upper arm. My arm was bent in about a 90 degree angle when the jellyfish hit it and passed through. It completely wrapped around my lower arm!

Other than that little mishap , we’ve had a great time. My hubby finishes up with meetings tonight and then we get 4 more days to just hang out .
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