Spectacled caiman

About This Project

This caiman gets its name from the bony ridge between its eyes, which looks like bridge of a pair of spectacles.

It eats a variety of prey (snakes, shrimp, turtles, birds, mammals, etc.) which it detects in the water by vibration. An interesting fact, the mother spectacled caiman takes great care of her young, even caring for the young of other females, and they often stay with her for up to 18 months!
Highly adaptable, this species is taking over areas from other crocodile species which have disappeared.

At La Barben zoo, the spectacled caimans live (happily!) with the snapping turtles.

Latin name: Caiman crocodilus
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Size: .5 – 2.8 metres long
Weight: 10-55 kg
Lifespan: 30 years
Incubation: 65 – 104 days
Number of eggs: 10-40
Habitat: rivers, swamps, wetland areas
Diet: carnivorous
Distribution: Central America, northern South America, introduced into the United States.
Conservation status: least concern