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The caiman is a large aquatic reptile found in the swamps and tropical rivers that cover Central and South America. Although the caimans have much narrower bodies, they are most closely related to alligators and crocodiles.

Caimans are found in a variety of habitats throughout Central and South America from marshes and swamps to mangrove rivers and lakes. As with other reptiles, caimans have scaly skin and live a fairly nocturnal existence.

Caimans range in size from the dwarf caiman which measures just over a meter in length, to the black caiman which can to grow to be nearly 5 meters long. The black caiman is the largest caiman species in the world and is found in the slow-moving rivers and lakes that surround the Amazon basin.

There are six different species of caiman found throughout the watery, jungle habitats of Central and Southern America. The average length for most of the other caiman species if about 2.5 meters long.

The caiman is a carnivorous predators and, like the alligator and the crocodile, the caiman has a diet that consists of a great deal of fish. The caiman also hunts insects, birds and small mammals and reptiles.

Due to the large size and ferocious nature of the caiman, it has few natural predators within its environment. Humans are the main predators of the caiman as they have been hunted for their meat and skin. Jaguars are the only other predator of the caiman.

Female caimans build a large nest in which to lay their eggs, which can be more than 1.5 meters wide. Female caimans lay between 10 and 50 eggs which hatch within about 6 weeks. Once they have hatched, the mother caiman takes her young to a shallow pool of water where they can learn how to hunt and swim.


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Caiman Translations

Danish Dansk
Kaiman
 
German Deutsch
Echte Kaimane
 
English English
Caiman
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Kajmano
 
Spanish Español
Caiman
 
Finnish Suomi
Kaimaanit
 
French Français
Caïman
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
קיימן
 
Dutch Nederlands
Kaaimannen
 
Polish Polski
Kajmany
 
Turkish Türkçe
Kayman
 

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Caiman Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Reptilia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Crocodilia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Alligatoridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Caimaninae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Caimaninae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Reptile
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.1m - 5m (43in - 197in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
100kg - 500kg (220lbs - 1,102lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
48km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
30 - 40 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Green, Brown, Black, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Scales
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Mangroves, marshes and swamps
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
30
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Insects, Birds
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Humans, Jaguars
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Narrow body shape and long tail

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