Spectacled caimans have a fairly slow metabolism. Young caiman feed on aquatic invertebrates. Adults hunt for larger prey such as fish, birds, amphibians and even mammals.
- Scientific name:
- Caiman crocodilus
- Year of description:
- Linnaeus, 1758
- IUCN Status:
- Least Concern
From Mexico to the north of Argentina. It has been introduced in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the USA (Florida).
In the backwaters and swamps, mangroves, estuaries and slow-moving rivers of submerged rainforests.
It is rarely longer than 2.5 metres.
Fish, birds, amphibians and even mammals.