Broad Snouted Caiman


Common name : Tinga, Jacare. Verde

Scientific name : Caiman latirostris

Family : Alligatoridae

Native to : Eastern and Central South America

Interesting fact : Humans are the predators of these caimans.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Its snout is even broader than that of an alligator. Covered in scales, plates and ridges, they are heavily priced in the hide market. They feed voraciously on snails. Being cold-blooded, they depend on basking in the sun to keep themselves warm. They live in swamps, marshes and mangroves, and breed when it rains.

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