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KILLER CAIMANS AMAZON NIGHT

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Published on Jan 27, 2013

CAIMAN'S AT NIGHT

Amazon region of South America. The Caiman (which is the Spanish word for Alligator) goes by many names such as Common caiman, Spectacled caiman, Caiman Blanco, Caiman de Brasil, & Yacaré Blanco a super large animal. It is a relatively small to medium sized crocodilian with males generally reaching 2.0 m to 2.5 m, with the largest specimens reported to approach 3 m. Juveniles are yellow in colour with black spots and bands on the body and tail. As they mature, they lose this yellow colour and the markings become less distinct. Adults are dull olive-green.

Juveniles take a variety of aquatic invertebrates (insects, crustaceans, molluscs). As they grow, various vertebrates take up a greater percentage of the diet. These include fish, amphibians, reptiles and water birds. Older animals are capable of taking larger, mammalian prey (e.g. wild pigs). Observations show that as conditions become drier, caimans stop feeding. Cannibalism has been reported under such conditions.

SNAKES

The only snake we came across on our little nightime adventure was a very poisonous one called Surucucu de Fogo. This snake is also known as the Bushmaster of Fire. It is one of the largest species of venomous snakes in the world and the largest in the Americas

The name is a reference given to this species by rubber tappers who despite having a non-aggressive behavior, as compared to other species, is much feared.




Much thanks to Willington Melo for generously providing me with his time and expertise.

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