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Placencia Breeze: Croc Corner

The Placencia Breeze is a monthly newspaper published by the Placencia division of the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Since April 2016, the CRC has submitted an article monthly in regards to recent croc research and conservation efforts, as well as providing educational tips to residents and visitors about the wonderful world of crocodilians.


CRC Scientific Publications:

Tellez, M., M. Boucher, and K. Kohlman (2016) Population status of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) on Caye Caulker, Belize. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3: 450 – 460.

Tellez, M., B. Arevalo, I. Paquet-Durand, and Shawn Heflick (2017) Population Status of Crocodylus moreletii(Morelet’s crocodile) in Chiquibul Forest, Belize. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(1): 7 – 21.

Tellez, M., S. Matola and D. Brianne (2017) Ectoparasitism in Crocodylus acutus. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(2): 415 – 417.

Tellez, M. (2017) Crocodile Research Coalition: seeking to preserve crocodiles and their habitat throughout Central America. Animal Keeper Forum 44(6): 174 – 175.

Tellez, M., S. Heflick, M. Boucher, A. Austin (2017) Cannibalism in Crocodylus moreletii. Herpetological Review 48(3): 34 – 35.

Boucher, M., M. Tellez, and J.T. Anderson (2017) A tail of two crocs: Individual identification of American (Crocodylus acutus) and Morelet’s (Crocodylus moreletii) crocodiles by tail-spot patterns. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 759 – 772.

Corry-Roberts, C., D. Brianne, and M. Tellez (2017) Ectoparasitism of Crocodylus moreletii. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 923 – 925.

Tellez, M. and H. Sung (2018) Unveiling the Host-Parasite Dynamic of Alligators and their Endoparasites. In: American Alligators: Habitats, Behavior, and Threats. S.C. Henke and C. Eversole (Eds.). Nova Science Publishers, New York City, New York, USA.

Tellez, M. and M. Boucher. The Lessons of History and the Future of American Crocodile Conservation inBelize. Herpetological Review 49(3): 492 – 498.

Scoville, S., P. Doherty, M. Tellez, S. McLinn (2019) Environmental health assessment using sentinel species near Placencia Lagoon, Belize with special emphasis on two aquaculture facilities. American Journal of Environmental Protection 7(1): 13 – 16.

Triminio, J., M. Tellez, and H. Sung (2019) Cannibalism in Crocodylus acutus. Herpetological Review 50(4): 777 - 778.

Dusynski, D., C. McAllistar, and M. Tellez (2020) The Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of the Archosauria (Crocodylua: Eusuchia) of the World. Journal of Parasitology 106:90-122.

Rodkey, T.L., and M. Tellez (2020) Ectoparasitism in Rhinoclemmys areolata. Herpetological Review 51(1): 114 - 115.

Somaweera, R., J. Nifong, A. Rosenblatt, M. L. Brien, X. Combrink, R. M. Elsey, G. Grigg, W. E. Magnusson, F. J. Mazzotti, A. Pearcy, S. G. Platt, M. Tellez, J. van der Ploeg, G. Webb, R. Whitaker, B. L. Webber (2020) Importance of crocodylians: evidence based reasons for their conservation. Biological Reviews doi: 10.1111/brv.12594.

Cissel, J.R., and M.K. Steinberg (2020) Human landscape modification in Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize: possible implications for crocodile hybridization. Journal of Latin American Geography 19(2): 218 – 242.

Lucot, M., M. Tellez, and D. Viveros (2020) Case report on helminth parasites of  necropsied Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports 21: 100446 (

Boucher, M., M. Tellez and J.T. Anderson (2020) Differences in distress: variance and production of American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) distress calls in Belize. Ecology and Evolution 0: 1-11.

Boucher, M., M. Tellez, and J.T. Anderson (2021) Activity Budget and Behavioral Patterns of American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) in Belize. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 16(1): 86 – 94.

Thirion, F., M. Tellez, R. van Damme, and L. Bervoets (2022) Trace element concentrations in caudal scutes from Crocodylus moreletii and Crocodylus acutus in Belize in relation to biological variables and land use. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 231:

Tellez, M., and L. Sigler (2022) Dental procedure of a Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) under human care. IUCN/SSC-Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter 20-23.