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The Cuvier's dwarf caiman or Musky caiman

Paleosuchus palpebrosus


The Cuvier's dwarf caiman or Musky caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus, is the smallest of all living crocodilians from northern and central South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. It lives primarily near fast stretches of stream, but also in nutrient-deficient waters. With a total length averaging 1.3–1.5 m (4.3–4.9 ft) in males and typically up to 1.2 m (3.9 ft) in females, it is not only the smallest extant species of the alligator and caiman family, but also the smallest of all crocodilians.[1] The largest specimen on record measured 1.72 m (5.6 ft) in length.[2] An adult will typically weigh around 6 to 7 kg (13 to 15 lb), around the same as a 6-12 month old specimen from the several larger crocodilians.[3] Juvenile dwarf caimans eat invertebrates and small fish and frogs, while adult dwarf caimans eat fish, amphibians and invertebrates, such as large molluscs. It uses burrows as shelter during the day, and lays eggs on a mounded nest which hatch in about three months. They are sometimes kept as pets in captivity. -Wikipedia


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Miami, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 12, 2012
Submitted on Jun 15, 2013

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