Draft # 2: Crocodiles of Costa Rica

This topic submitted by Elizabeth Nellums ( nellumek@miamioh.edu) at 8:09 PM on 4/15/03.

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I'm interested in reptiles so crocodiles seemed like a good topic for me, even if I end up branching out a little to talk about some of the other large reptiles in the country. Here is my outline so far:

I. Evolutionary history of crocodiles

II. Physical/physiological characteristics of crocodiles in Costa Rica

III. Descriptions of behavior and psychology

IV. Life history of crocodile

V. Extension: how the behavior facilitates the requirements of a crocodile ecosystem

VI. Current state of crocodile population, habitats

VII. Costa Rica’s history with crocodiles

VIII. Larger-scale history of crocodiles

IX. Outlook for Costa Rican crocodiles

X. Global outlook for crocodiles

X1. Recommendations

Journal Sources:
1. Duellman, William E.(2003). The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF COSTA RICA. 1, 205-207.

2. Thorbjarnarson, John. (1999) Crocodile Tears and Skins: International Trade, Economic Constraints, and Limits to the Sustainable Use of Crocodilians. Journal of Conservation Biology. 13, 465-470

3. Platt, Steven G. and Thorbjarnarson, John B. (2000) Status and conservation of the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, in Belize. Journal of Biological Conservation. 96, 13-20

4. Platt, Steven G. and Thorbjarnarson, John B. (2000). Population status and conservation of Morelet's crocodile, Crocodylus moreletii, in northern Belize Journal of Biological Conservation. 96, 21-29

Book Sources:
1. Alderton, D. (1991). Crocodiles & alligators of the world. New York.

2. Grenard, S. (1991). Handbook of alligators and crocodiles. Malabar, Fla.

3. Kricher, J. (1999). A Neotropical Companion. Princeton U. Press, New Jersey.

4. Janzen, D.H. (1995). Costa Rican Natural History. Chicago Press, Chicago.

5. Zappalorti, Robert T. (1976) The amateur zoologist's guide to turtles and crocodilians. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa.

Previous Papers:
1. Moyer, Nathan. (2002) Crocodilians: an order of fear. Science center database, student research topic.

Websites:
Species Accounts of Costa Rica -
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/act-plan/cacut.htm

Field Biological Report: Select Herps of Costa Rica -
http://www.nd.edu/~dwillia6/costa/Bio340_OtherResources_Herps.html

Crocodilian Species List: Crocodylus acutus
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/NATSCI/HERPETOLOGY/brittoncrocs/csp_cacu.htm#dist
and Caiman crocodilus
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/herpetology/brittoncrocs/csp_ccro.htm


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