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Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman

The Cuvier’s dwarf caiman is a small caiman species, specifically the smallest in terms of the New World. The name has been given after the French Zoologist, Mr. Georges Cuvier.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Crocodilia
Family Alligatoridae
Genus Crocodylus
Scientific Name Paleosuchus palpebrosus

Other Names Cuvier’s caiman, dwarf caiman, musky caiman, and wedge-head caiman(in pet trade)
LengthMales: Around 4.6 ft (55.2 in)Females: Around 3.9 ft (46.8 in)
ColorationBrownish black body with darker brown head
DistributionCentral and northern South America
HabitatFast flowing streams, lakes of forested areas
Diet Shrimps, crabs, birds, mollusks, fish and amphibians
Clutch Size10-25 eggs
Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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Published on June 25th 2019 by under Alligators. Article was last reviewed on 25th June 2019.

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