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Spectacled Caiman Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Caiman sclerops
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Crocodylia
  • Range

    This predator is found in Central and South America, ranging from Costa Rica to Brazil.

  • Habitat

    The spectacled caiman inhabits rivers and floodplains.

  • Niche

    Spectacled caimans feed on fish, insects, frogs, birds and even mammals.

  • Life History

    After breeding, females lay their eggs in large nests constructed of mud, leaves and other organic materials. Females remain close to the nest as eggs incubate to deter predators. Young spectacled caimans hatch after 90 days.

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