Cuvier’s Caiman

Cuvier’s Caiman

Scientific Name: Paleosuchus palpebrosus
Common Names: Dwarf Caiman, Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman

Maximum adult length: 1.5 metres (4.9 feet)

 

N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.

 

Cuvier’s dwarf caiman, also known as Cuvier’s smooth-fronted caiman, is a small caiman from northern and central South America. With an adult length of up to 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) in males, and up to 1.2 metres (3.9 feet) in females, it is the smallest species of crocodilian. Juveniles are brown with black banding. Adults are usually darker. They are believed to be the most primitive species of crocodilian.

Kingdom
ANIMALIA
Phylum
CHORDATA
Class
REPTILIA
Order
CROCODYLIA
Family
ALLIGATORIDAE
Genus
PALEOSUCHUS

References

IUCN Red List (September, 2014) http://www.iucnredlist.org

 

At the zoo

Our five Cuvier’s dwarf caimans cohabit in a small social group, together with native terrapin and turtle species.

 

We have had success breeding Cuvier’s dwarf caimans and in the autumn the zoo is often home to noisy caiman hatchlings!

 

Adopters

  • Deana Louise Horwill
  • Chloe Leach

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