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Caiman crocodilus (LINNAEUS, 1758)
A small, maybe 1m long caiman.
Drainage canals in an orange grove.
It looks like a Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) to me. But they look very similar to American Crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) and I've seen this animals mother and she looked like she was well over 2m. But Wikipedia says, "The largest female was reportedly 1.61 m (5.3 ft) long". Which makes me doubt it's a caiman. Anyone out there who know their Central American crocodilians is invited to chime in.
Spotted on Jan 6, 2014
Submitted on Jun 22, 2014