Crocodiles aren’t awesome

Never trust a smiling Crocodile

These pictures are from quite awhile back, during our second visit to Tenacatita.  For some reason I haven’t gotten around to posting them.  I suspect it has something to do with, as much as I hate to admit it, my fear of crocodiles.  As a guy, I’m not supposed to be afraid of things (and generally I’m not, thumping on chest and bellowing) but overgrown lizards with huge teeth, claws, and a history of eating people just give me the willies.  Strangely enough, I’m not that freaked out by sharks although news of fisherman catching a 2300 lb great white shark in the Sea of Cortez last month did give me some pause for thought since we’ll be living in the water this summer.

Back to the crocodiles, in La Manzanilla there is a small cocodrillo (crocodile preserve) that costs a whopping 10 pesos to walk through.  My therapist told me I need confront my fears so I saddled up for the adventure.  Personally I think they should have paid us to walk through since we could end up helping out by being crocodile food, but I couldn’t quite make that argument in Spanish so I paid my 10 pesos.  There were plenty of crocs to see, and some rather disconcerting gaps in the fences.

Those are some brave birds!

Opps, were some brave birds. Nah, just kidding!

Poor Minion, yet another place that discriminates against pets. He was very disappointed as he had promised to keep me safe from crocs, explaining “Panthers can kick a crocs ass.” Such a good little Evil Minion.

Jenn checks out a croc.

I’m a bit more honest about my feelings.

It didn’t take long to walk through the preserve, and as you can all guess by now neither of us became lunch.  I still have no desire to cross paths with a crocodile on a hike, and even less desire to see one when I’m swimming, but at least I can hold my head high knowing I won this round.

I think this one was trying to lull me into a false sense of security by sleeping.

Who knew crocodiles are cuddly?

What is it with baby animals? I almost think these two are cute. Almost.

If I remember right, this is Gordo, about 50 years old. I really need to post pictures when details are fresh in my mind.

Jenn, one step away from a Jackass stunt gone horribly wrong.

Probably the last thing I want to see – a large gap in the fence right next to the path.

Just to show I’m not a complete hater, I’ll end with a cute picture.

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