Spectacled caiman

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Conservation status
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Genus: Caiman
Species: crocodilus
Map of Caiman Distribution
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The spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), or the common caiman, is a medium sized crocodilian species that lives in the wetland areas of South America. This size of this species generally can get up to between 6 to 8.2 feet (1.8 to 2.5 m). The spectacled caiman gets its name from the bony ridge between its eyes, looking like a pair of eyeglasses. As the seasons get colder, this caiman can change colors. Spectacled caimans have been known to eat insects, crustaceans, and mollusks.

In captivity[change | change source]

According to ISIS, there are known to be 170 spectacled caimans in zoos.

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Media related to Caiman crocodilus at Wikimedia Commons