Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

Range: Tropical South America, from Guiana south to Brazil and east to Ecuador. They are considered one of the most wide ranging species in South America

Description: One of the smallest of the crocodilians, the dwarf caiman reaches an average adult length of 35 – 47inches, with a maximum recorded length of 68 inches. They are reddish brown on the top of the body and blotched with brown on the underside, displaying distinct red blotches on the sides of the jaws. The head and snout of a caiman are squared, and the fingers on its front feet are not webbed.

Habitat: They inhabit flooded forests, open rivers and major lakes. Sub adults are common in temporary bodies of water. Dwarf Caimans spend a significant amount of time on land.

Diet:
Wild: invertebrates and fish
Zoo: pelleted diet, fish, chicken and rodents

Reproduction: Females build mound nests out of vegetation and mud. Average clutch size is 10-25 eggs with an incubation period of 90 days.