Ten fun facts about Caimans
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Caimans enjoy basking in the sun or on shore and cool off by sinking into cold water.
They have flat heads with sharp claws and have armor-like scales. When their mouth is closed, the teeth from the upper jaw are visible. Their color is olive-gray, brown or yellow tan with darker cross bands on body and tail.
Caimans are found in tropical rivers and swamps all over Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United Sates.
They are carnivorous predators and deal a great deal of fish. They also hunt birds, insects, small mammals and reptiles. The large caimans can easily overpower wild pigs.Fact 5
Caimans are solitary, aquatic and aggressive/ ferocious by nature and are closely related to crocodiles and alligatorsFact 6
Females build large nests to lay their eggs. They lay from 10 to 50 eggs which hatch within 6 weeks. They teach their young to hunt and swim by shallow pools of water.Fact 7
The incubation period of a Caiman egg is up to 115 days.Fact 8
Caimans reach sexual maturity when they are about 5 years and they are sexually active till they are about 15 years old.Fact 9
The smallest of the species, call dwarf Caimans are about 1.5m long while the largest of the species is the Black Caiman, which can grow from 4 – 6 cm. They can weigh about 65 pounds.Fact 10
Caimans live up to 30 – 40 years though some even live up to 60 years. Click here for more animal facts ❯
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