Although they are one of the smallest crocodile species, these guys are fierce predators. In Guatemala it can be found in the northern department of Peten. Here are some interesting facts about Spectacled Caimans.
You must be thinking, wait, this is not an alligator? Well, no! They are family but aren’t the same. Some of the biggest differences between them are in the jaw, while the alligator has a small overbite, the inside of the mouth is beige and has conical teeth, while the caiman has an orange inside and large upper jaw with many sharp, long, and narrow teeth. Usually, you can find them in swamps, mangroves, rivers, lakes, and marshes which makes Guatemala a great place for them.
Animals in Guatemala are varied, making this country a great place for wildlife. Many people made eco-friendly trips to the many nationals parks Guatemala has to offer, usually frequented for bird watchers and outdoor lovers!
Facts About Spectacled Caimans
1. The species’ common name comes from a bony ridge between the eyes. It gives the appearance of a pair of spectacles.
2. Adult animals are capable of eating large, mammals as wild pigs.
3. Observations show that as conditions become drier, these reptiles stop feeding. Cannibalism has been reported under such conditions.
4. Males of the species are generally between 2 and 2.5 meters, while females are usually around 1.4 meters.
5. Due to the reduction in a number of larger crocodilian species the Caiman expanded its range into areas formerly occupied by them.
6. It can be found in much of Central and South America. It lives in habitats of lowland wetland and riverside habitat and can tolerate saltwater as well as fresh.
7. They are diurnal and a favorite daytime activity for caimans is sunbathing or basking on shore. Making them a great choice for wildlife watching.
8. Some live where the weather is especially cold at times during the year, but none of them actually become inactive and enter a state of deep sleep.