Smooth-Fronted Caiman

Paleosuchus trigonatussmooth front caiman

Description: Usually a brown-greenish color. Can reach lengths of up to 8.5 ft. The smooth-fronted caiman walks with a distinctive head raise posture.

Range: It is found in the Amazon Basin of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

Habitat: The Smooth-fronted caiman is a fresh water crocodilian that prefers river environments, especially shallow forest streams.

Diet:
Wild: Mainly terrestrial vertebrates such as snakes and large rodents.
Zoo: Rodents and chicken

Reproduction: Before the end of the dry season, the females will start building a mound nest, often very close to a termite mound. Vented heat from the termite mound might be her way of ensuring that her nest stays warm enough throughout the incubation period. A clutch normally consists of 10-20 eggs and they undergo a comparatively long incubation time, up to 115 days.