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Dwarf caiman

Half submerged caiman

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

Range: Dwarf caimans can be found by the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers.

Habitat: They live in fast moving, cool streams in forested areas but can also be found near rapids and waterfalls.

Size: Female Dwarf caimans will grow to about 1.4 meters while males can grow up to 2.3 meters.

Diet: Adult Dwarf caimans feed on fish, crab, mollusks, shrimp, and terrestrial vertebrates. Juveniles eat small invertebrates.

Conservation Connection: The biggest threat to caimans is the pollution of their habitats and habitat destruction from gold mining.

Did You Know? Unlike the skin of crocodiles, the skin of a caiman is too bony to use as leather and they are therefore not hunted by humans for that purpose.

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