Scientific Name: Caiman crocodilus
Common Names: Common Caiman, Spectacled Caiman
Maximum adult length: 2 metres (6.5 feet)
N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.
The spectacled caiman, also known as the common caiman, is found throughout much of Central and South America. Males grow to around 2 metres (6.5 feet), while females are smaller, usually around 1.4 metres (4.5 feet). The species’ name comes from a bony ridge between the eyes, which give the appearance of a pair of spectacles. It lives in a range of habitat types and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh; due in part to this adaptability it is the most common of all crocodilian species.