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Rio Olympics Could Also Play Host To Caiman
2013-10-21 04:13:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Olympians are used to overcoming obstacles in their quest for the gold medal, but golfers hoping to take to the links at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games could have more than water hazards and sand traps to deal with. Recently-published media reports have suggested that caimans, alligator-like creatures that can grow to be 10-feet long, have taken up residence at a huge lagoon system west of the Brazilian city, near both the Olympic...

Banana Farms Contaminating Costa Rica's Crocs
2013-09-19 12:18:12

Wiley Shoppers spend over £10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians. New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas. "Banana plantations are big business in Costa Rica, which exports an estimated 1.8 million...

Nile Crocodiles May Look Tough, But They Can Be Sensitive Too
2013-07-02 14:51:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles may look tough, but they can also be very sensitive -- particularly when it comes to detecting touch, temperature, or chemicals in their watery environment. Previous research has shown that crocodilians, which includes alligators, gharials and caimans, detect a multitude of information through integumentary sensory organs (ISO) found in their skin and a new study recently published in the journal EvoDevo has revealed how...

2013-02-12 23:02:19

The Black Caiman is currently attempting a comeback from 90% extinction caused by hunting and habitat loss, but is threatened by another crocodilian. An article in the March 2013 issue of the journal Herpetologica examines the dietary relationship between these two crocodilians. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) February 12, 2013 Herpetologica — As the Black Caiman, a relative of the alligator, attempts a comeback from near extinction, its biggest threat is not humans or predators, but another...

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2011-05-15 09:45:00

The Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations released a new study recommending a disease screening program for farm-raised caiman in ranching facilities in Argentina to ensure the safety of people and wildlife alike.The recommendations focus on two crocodilian species, the yacare caiman and broad-snouted caiman, both of which are reared in caiman ranches for sustainable harvest. The research team sought to assess the presence of potentially harmful bacteria in captive-raised...

2009-09-29 14:37:30

A Canadian financial adviser with a can-do attitude waded into a pond and grabbed an alligator-like caiman that had residents of London, Ontario, nervous. Calls to the police about sightings of either an alligator or crocodile began during the weekend, but animal control officers who responded didn't see anything, the London Free Press reported Tuesday. Tuesday, John Stephan was walking his small dog when he saw two television news trucks and a small group of people near a pond. He was told...

2009-07-07 14:46:31

A teenage girl in Sweden learned the hard way some reptiles do not like to be pointed at -- especially when the hands are within biting range. The girl was bitten Monday by a spectacled caiman, a close relative of alligators and crocodiles, at Furuviken Park in eastern Sweden several hours north of Stockholm, The Local reported. She got stitches and bandages at Gavle County Hospital. The 13-year-old and her family were in the new South American exhibit at the park when she pointed at the...

2005-08-15 18:55:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats. The 5-foot-long (1.5 meter) reptile was first spotted last Wednesday swimming in a lake at an urban park in the gritty Los Angeles suburb of Harbor City. Park officials concluded that it was probably a Caiman, a relative of the alligator indigenous to South America, and...


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2007-01-23 14:56:02

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...

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