Spectacled or common caiman - juvenile

Spectacled or common caiman - juvenile

Caiman crocodilus

Z.1982.145.5

Predation of eggs and young is a big problem for caiman. Mothers will protect those of other individuals as well as their own.

Where and how they live: Central and South America. They prefer fresh, still water but can survive in slow moving streams and slightly salty water.

What they eat: This species eats at least 105 different types of prey, including insects, snails, shrimp, crabs, fish, lizards, snakes, turtles, birds, mammals and each other if other food is scarce.

Are they endangered? They are currently the most common species of crocodile. Their adaptable ways will hopefully ensure their long-term survival. Illegal hunting and water pollution threaten some populations. They are hunted for their leather, meat and eggs and as pets. 

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