As Hurricane Karl brought rising water levels to Mexico, reports of crocodile encounters were on the rise as well, but officials say freely roaming crocodiles were not an issue.
“It seems there are reports that they are wandering free, that they are walking in the streets, but we have to say that that is not true,” said Manuel Molina of the Mexican environment agency, Semarnat.
The reptiles originally reported to have swam away after their outdoor enclosure was flooded, were never a serious threat as only a few got out of their cages, and even so, remained inside a nature reserve that surrounded the breeding center.
Fidel Herrera , Governor of Veracruz, had said more than 280 crocodiles had escaped during the floods and urged the locals to not approach or try to catch them.
An endangered species found in Mexico and Central America, the Morelet’s crocodiles were being bred for conservation purposes at El Colibri wildlife reserve, 25 miles from the port of Veracruz.