Spectacled caiman

Spectacled caiman

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Credit: DAVID AUBREY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus). This relative of the alligator is native to Central and South America, and can grow to 2.6 metres in length. Spectacled caimans live in swamps, rivers, canals and ponds, where they feed on crustaceans, molluscs, insects, fish and amphibians. They have a bony ridge on their heads which resembles the frame of a pair of glasses, hence their name. They reach maturity in five years, but even when small are renowned for their aggressive behaviour. Photographed in Venezuela.

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