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Spectacled Caiman

The Spectacled Caiman, Caiman crocodilus, is a crocodilian reptile found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and river habitat and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. Due to this adaptable behavior, it is the most common species of caiman.

Males of this species are between 6 and 8.2 feet long, while females are smaller, usually around 4 and a half feet long. The species’ common name comes from the bony ridge between the eyes, which give the appearance of a pair of spectacles.

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Lawton

Spectacled Caiman