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Dipitybay
9/17/2017 20:42 EST

Just started looking into waterfront properties for future retirement plans. Have spent most of my life as an expat including time in the tropics but not with crocodiles nearby, Just wondered if the lagoons and rivers are heavily infested, and are there salt water ones on the beaches? Can handle a few sharks but not crocs! I have seen posts about insect life but not this. Am initially looking at Hopkins, Corozal, Sartaneja - not the more touristy areas like AC. Many thanks for your comments....

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katzgar
9/18/2017 08:56 EST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAAJ9s370iY

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JohnPBelize
9/18/2017 11:28 EST

On the Ocean side Croc's really are not a problem. That dosn't mean they might not swim by. The rivers and Lagoons have them but they never seem to be much of a problem. Just leave them alone.

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bradinbelize
9/18/2017 11:58 EST

There are crocs in Hopkins area in the river. Not large amounts of them, but you will experience them from time to time. Don't swim in the river and stay clear of them (unlike some tourists that I have stood and watched as they try to feed the things). Keep pets away and at safe distances

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Dipitybay
9/20/2017 13:45 EST

Thank you!

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hrlee7804
9/21/2017 10:30 EST

The Curve bar, at the Hopkins Marina, used to have a river croc. that they would feed daily. I have some great pics of him eating chicken parts being fed by one of the locals and employees.

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bradinbelize
9/21/2017 20:13 EST

The CURVE BAR - Exactly WHAT NOT TO DO in regard to Crocs. They aren;t pets or tourist amusements, they are wild animals that eat other animals (including dogs and humans if allowed).

I have photos of tourist feeding this croc and other crocs and I have looked at all of those photos and swear I can't see Darwin in any of them, but he must have been there somewhere saying "see, this is what survival of the fittest is all about - dumb human will be gone soon!"

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phill333
9/28/2017 00:18 EST

Yes, at one point I saw the croc being encouraged to hang around the Curve Bar. I imagine it was a ploy to draw tourists to spend $ there. That was a dumb idea by whoever started it. Prior to that I often saw manatees in the early evenings & an occasional croc. Thank goodness someone appears to have realized it is not a good idea to encourage a croc to hang out ---geez, people fish nearby to where it was fed. Ridiculous.

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ditalian
10/4/2017 23:11 EST

Got to see a croc getting himself a peccary for lunch last week. On the Sittee, couple of miles up from the marina, on the south bank across from Bocatura. Kind of neat...

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Dipitybay
10/10/2017 20:17 EST

Speaking of peccaries, is the meat available in butcher shops or on restaurant menus? I am assuming they are like wild boar and other game in Europe.

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katzgar
10/11/2017 11:30 EST

Peccaries are not related to pigs

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bobbyveee
10/11/2017 14:12 EST

Probably a Gibnut, that tastes like ham. and yes is served in restaurants

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terrific
10/11/2017 14:38 EST

Not often on menus or in butchers shops. there is a defined hunting season for peccaries in Belize and you do need a licence to hunt them. From th eating point of view the meat is very similar to pork but as they are not "pigs' the meat is safe to eat cooked but still pink. During hunting season you may be able to find this meat available in some villages, but not at any real commercial level, it is usually hunted for family and village celebrations. Ate it once at a village wedding it was roasted as a suckling pig would be,tasted somewhat similar.

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terrific
10/11/2017 17:35 EST

Gibnut often nicknamed the Royal Rat in Belize as it was served to Queen Elizabeth on an official visit. You will find Gibnut on some menus in Belize.

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