SPECTACLED CAIMAN


Scientific name: Caiman crocodilus

The spectacled caiman gets its name from the bony ridge between the fronts of its eyes, which appears to join them like a pair of glasses.

Males can reach a length of up to eight to nine feet (2.4 – 2.7 m), making the spectacled caiman a relatively small crocodile. They eat a variety of different animals, such as birds, fish, amphibians, insects and small mammals. Frequently alligators, caimans and crocodiles are hunted for their skin, which is used for shoes, handbags, belts and wallets.

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