Caiman crocodilus fuscus

(Cope, 1868)

Caimancrocodilusfuscus

Vernacular names
English : Spectacled caiman
French : Caïman à lunettes

Classification
Class : Reptilia
Order : Crocodylia
Family : Alligatoridae
Notes : 3 other subspecies known.

Identification
The largest specimen known so far was 2.5 m in length, the species usually grows to 1.8 m for a weight up to 40 kg, males being bigger than females. Coloration grey overall with light belly. Bony ridge between eyes looks like spectacles. This subspecies is distinctively brown.

Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs from Chiapas to Panama. Species also found in South America, from Venezuela and Guianas to Brazil and Bolivia. Lives in all kinds of lowlands swamps and riverine habitats.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is very common and considered as a pest where it has been introduced. Subspecies apaporiensis is under severe threat in Colombia.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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