Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)

These are the tiniest crocodilians in the world, the males growing up to a maximum of 1.6m and the female up to 1.2m. Found in Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Columbia and Venezuela, they live in freshwater forested rivers and near lakes that have flooded forests, even surviving in very high altitudes with temperatures dropping to 13 – 19 degrees Celsius.
They have a very unique shaped head and are usually easily recognized by this feature – The skull sits very high and the snout makes an upturned curl. The dwarf caiman make burrows with their snouts and use it as shelters during the day. They eat fish, molluscs and crustaceans. The females make mounds for their eggs using mud and whatever vegetation is available. They normally build it in a covered place and lay up to 10 – 25 eggs. Although this species is not hunted for its skin their habitat is being destroyed and the water polluted due to gold mining.

Share Article:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *