Ponds and Lakes Animals

Spectacled Caiman
Spectacled Caiman
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Small mammals
Order: Crocodilia: Crocodiles, Alligators, Gavial
Size: 1.5 - 2 m (5 - 6 1/2 ft)
Family: Alligatorianae: Alligators and Caimans Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Caiman crocodilus Habitat: slow still waters, lakes, swamps
Range: Venezuela to Southern Amazon Basin

Size of Spectacled CaimanThere are several species and subspecies of this caiman, and its name has been the subject of much dispute; it is often known as C. sclerops. Its common name derives from the ridge on the head between the eyes, which resembles the bridge of a pair of glasses. The population of wild caimans has declined drastically in some areas since they are not only hunted for skins but the young are also collected and sold as pets or stuffed as curios. The female caiman makes a nest of plant debris scraped together into a pile and lays an average of 30 eggs.

Range of Spectacled Caiman
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