Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger)

They are found in South America, in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, and Peru. They live in lakes, wetlands and huge rivers. Growing up to 6 metres they are the largest in the caiman family.
As their name suggests they are completely black. When they are younger they have prominent white and pale yellow stripes on their jaws. Their snouts are significantly wider than the others in the caiman family. They eat a variety of things from small fish to invertebrates and occasionally capybara. The females construct mound nests. They build nests near to each other, this may be because more numbers of females to protect the eggs.

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