Spectacled Caiman Facts | Peruvian Amazon Wildlife Guide
Four species of caimans are found along the Amazon basin: two species of dwarf caimans, black caiman, and white or spectacled caiman.
Once abundant, the populations of spectacled caiman have suffered a severe human impact, mostly hunted for their hard skins and their valued meat. Still numerous in the Pantanal or the Llanos, they are extremely inconspicuous and nocturnal in the Amazon. Their geographical distribution ranges from the south of Mexico to the northern Misiones Province in Argentina.
Spectacled caiman can reach 7–8 feet in length, but an average size is five feet long. They feed mostly on fish and sometimes small birds and mammals that fall into the water. Juveniles feed mostly on aquatic insects, small fish
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