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Spectacled Caiman

(engl: Spectacled Caiman)

On the diving board

Caimans are good swimmers and divers. When they hunt they can stay underwater for up to one hour. They close their throat with the help of special skin flaps, as well as their nose and ears.

Caring mothers

The female lays up to 40 eggs on a nest of decomposing plants. The decomposition of the nest materials creates the perfect incubation temperature. The mother guards the clutch and carries the newly hatched young in their mouth to the nearest body of water.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Brillenkaiman
Verbreitungsgebiet: Brillenkaiman
Scientific Surname Caiman crocodilus
Order Crocodiles
Family Alligators
Size till 2,5 m
Weight 60 kg
Reproduction 10-40 eggs in breeding hill, after 80-100 days the subadults hatch out
Distribution South America
Habitat rivers, lakes, swamp areas, ocean
Food Fish, small vertebrates
Livestock regionally endangered