Apr 24, 2012

Broad-Snouted Caiman (Caiman latirostris)

Did you know?

That the female Caiman latirostris have been observed by opening the nest during incubation and helping newborns in the water, where they are stored for indefinite period of one or both parents?

The Broad-Snouted Caiman has a short snout, nearly as long as wide at the level of the front corners of the eyes. They have a bony ridge between the front corners of the eyes and the base of the head. The color of the upper surface is brown in young animals with dark olive crossbars, head and sides of the lower jaw have dark spots. Old animals of this kind are almost blackish. The bottom surface is uniformly colored, without dark spots. It can grow to a length of 3 m, but usually measured about 2 m.  

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