The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Courtship and mating season causes crocodiles to wander from their natural habitats to find a date. This is one of the main reasons they have been found in sewers and sidewalks throughout Costa Rica.

Cases like these recently occurred in Quepos and Orotina, where they were captured in public spaces. However, you cannot disregard other facts, such as that experienced by biologist Adrian Arce, who was attacked while in a pond located at the National Technical University (NTU) in Athens.

“This may be due to a number of factors: at this age males are establishing territories for mating and they protect it and expel any threat that is in that area. However, weaker males who aren’t able to establish territory must look for other areas or shelters during this time,” said Laura Porras, a biologist at the International Institute for Conservation and Management of Wildlife (Iconmvis).

Coincidentally this happens during the rainy season; the months of September, October and November are common to find crocodiles where they are not normally located.

“The other factor is that the crocodile habitat is shrinking more and more, so their appearance in areas commonly inhabited by humans is common now,” Porras said. (Crhoy)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica