SPECTACLED CAIMAN

Caiman crocodilus

SPECTACLED CAIMAN

Distribution:

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Spread mostly in Central and South America, the Spectacled Cayman prefers the wetlands of the plains as well as the riversides. The Caymans are able to tolerate not only the salt water, but also the fresh water. Thanks to their adaptability, the Spectacled Cayman is the most common species of crocodiles.
 
CHARACTERISTICS
The males can reach a length of 19.6 ft to 26.2 ft, while the females can only be 13.1 ft long.

BEHAVIOR
Apart from the mating season when they are more aggressive, the Caymans are usually loners. They normally make few moves, especially at high temperatures, when they stay mostly under the water. The Caymans swim to the shore during the night, to hunt.

DIET
The younglings feed on fish, reptiles, amphibians and the adults on fish, birds, animals that live near waters.

REPRODUCTION
The Spectacled Caymans reach sexual maturity with 4 to 7 years. They gather and mate during the dry season. Depending on the food availability, the female can lay about 40 eggs. The gender of the offsprings depends on the temperature in the nest: if the temperature is up to 188.600 F, they are males; if the temperature is higher than 188.600 F, the offsprings are female. The younglings stay by their parents’ side, that protect them from predators, util they are 1 to 1.5 years old.

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