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 Common Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)




Common Caiman | Caiman crocodilus photo
Caiman, Pantanal, Brasil

Photograph by Iain and Sarah. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Common Caiman | Caiman crocodilus photo
Caiman, Pantanal, Brasil

Photograph by Iain and Sarah. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

COMMON CAIMAN FACTS

Description
The Common Caiman is a small to medium sized crocodile. The common name of Spectacled Caiman comes from the bony ridge in front of the eyes that appears to join the eyes like a pair of spectacles. Adults Common caimans are dull olive green, yellowish or brownish grey with dark brown crossbands. Juveniles are yellow with black spots and bands on the body and tail.

Other Names
Spectacled Caiman

Size
Length: males 2.0m - 2.5m. Females: around 1.4m

Environment
wetland, rivers. Found in salt water as well as freshwater

Food
eats fish, amphibians, reptiles, water birds. Older adults can take large mammals. .Juveniles eat fish, insects, crustaceans, mollusks.

Breeding
Females lay from 14 to 40 eggs in a mound nest made of soil and vegetation during July to August Nests may be shared by more than one female. Females guard the nest until the eggs hatch after around 90 days. Juveniles remain in groups close to the female for some time after hatching.

Range
found in much of Central and South America including Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Tobago, Trinidad, Venezuela.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Crocodilia
Family:Crocodylidae
Genus:Caiman
Species:crocodilus
Common Name:Common Caiman