The species lineage of crocodilians is about 240-280 million years old. The current 24 species on earth, which includes Central America’s American crocodile, Morelet’s crocodile, and Spectacle Caiman, are about 80 million years old. Throughout their range, crocodiles are considered keystone apex predators as they are important for keeping the prey population healthy and in balance, as well as providing rich nutrients to their aquatic environments through their excrements which helps the aquatic ecosystems flourish. They are also considered eco-landscapers as their holes and old nests can provide shelter or even become watering holes for other animals.
Come back to this page soon, as we will be adding Fact Sheets on the three crocodilian species in Central America, as well as an educational pamphlet on how to live with crocodiles!”