Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

name = Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

status = LR/lc | status_system = IUCN2.3
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Sauropsida
ordo = Crocodilia
familia = Alligatoridae
genus = "Paleosuchus"
species = "P. palpebrosus"
binomial = "Paleosuchus palpebrosus"
binomial_authority = (Cuvier, 1807)

range_map_width = 205px

The Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman or Musky Caiman, "Paleosuchus palpebrosus", is a crocodilian reptile from northern South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. It lives primarily near fast stretches of stream, but also lives in nutrient-deficient waters.

It is also the smallest species of crocodilian [] , reaching up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) in length. Juvenile dwarf caimans eat invertebrates, while adult caimans eat both fish and invertebrates. It uses burrows as shelter during the day, and lays eggs on a mounded nest which hatch in about three months.


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