Spectacled Caiman

Spectacled Caiman

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.

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

References

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

 

At the zoo

We are currently home to two spectacled caimans. We also have some babies which were hatched from this pair in 2015.

In August 2017 we took in a rescued Spectacled caiman from a Bristol reservoir who is currently in quarantine for observation and to assess its health.

 

 

Adopters

  • Auriel Kenchington
  • Jenny Hunter
  • Finn Galloway

 

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