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Black Caiman

The black caiman, being the top of the food chain, is the largest predator species in the Amazon. The complexion of the caiman helps it camouflage against the darkness of night, when it goes hunting.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Alligatoridae
    Genus Melanosuchus
    Scientific Name Melanosuchus niger


    Length 5-6 m (16-20 ft)
    Weight Males: 880-1,110 lb(362-498kg) Females: 209-220 lb(94-99 kg)
    ColorationBlack to dark grey plated skin
    DistributionSouth America
    HabitatFlooded savannahs (seasonally), slow-moving water bodies, and lakes
    Diet Spectacled caimans, piranhas, catfish, anacondas, deer, tapirs, armadillos, giant otters, birds, and sloths
    Breeding Season In the last leg of the dry season
    Clutch Size Around 65 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
    IUCN Conservation Status Conservation Dependent


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    Published on June 13th 2019 by under Crocodilians. Article was last reviewed on 17th June 2019.

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