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South America is home to the largest river by volume in the world - the Amazon. It flows through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil before meeting the Atlantic Ocean.

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman

Paleosuchus palpebrosus

habitat

Habitat

The dwarf caiman is found near rivers and streams, preferring clean, fast flowing waterways, often in forested areas. They are also seen on land, resting on rocks or sheltering in burrows.

diet

Diet

The dwarf caiman is a nocturnal hunter, feeding on frogs, fish and a variety of small mammals. They possess a special stomach chamber, known as a gizzard, which is full of small stones, which help them to break down their food.

behaviour

Breeding

The female lays between 10 and 25 eggs, under a ‘mound nest’ built from mud and sticks by both the male and female. These eggs hatch after around 90 days, and the young stay under the mound for the first few days before heading to water.

threat

Conservation

These caiman are not considered to be endangered in the wild. However they are listed on CITES, a charter that limits or forbids the export of certain animals from the wild.

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