Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus)

The spectacled caiman gets its name from the bony ridges between its eyes that look like glasses if you look at them from the front at eye level.
This crocodilian inhabits a very widely spread area, being found both in North and South America in countries like Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Trinidad, Venezuela etc. They are generally a small species with the males growing up to 2.5m. They are very adaptable and can survive in both salt and freshwater making them one of the most commonly found crocodilians. The juveniles eat aquatic invertebrates and then move on to larger vertebrates as they get older. The females lay between 15 – 40 eggs. If the weather conditions get too hot they will hibernate.

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