Black Caiman

Black Caiman
Photographer: Jason L. Buberal






Latin Name Melanosuchus niger
Conservation Status Conservation Dependent
Location S America
Colour Black
Length 4 - 6 m (13 - 20 ft)
Weight -
Breeding

Oviparous

Main Characteristics

Black Caiman are the largest predator in the Amazon Basin. They have a body length between 4 and 6 m (13 - 20 ft) and they have black, scaly skin.

Habitat

Black Caimans can be found in slow moving rivers and lakes in South America.

Diet

Black Caiman mainly feed on fish, water birds, capybara and occasionally domestic animals.

Breeding

Black Caiman lay 30 - 65 eggs in a mound of soil and vegetation. The female guards the eggs during incubation and protects her newly hatched young in the water.

Predators

Humans and jaguars are predators of Black Caiman.

Interesting Facts

Black Caimans have a life expectancy of 50 - 80 years.

Similar Animals

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman
Smooth-Fronted Caiman
Yacare Caiman
Spectacled Caiman
Broad-Snouted Caiman

 


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