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Black Caiman   (Melanosuchus niger)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

The black caiman is one of the biggest member of the alligator family – they are the largest predator in the Amazon basin and commonly reach lengths of 14 feet. They are generally more stout of body than other crocodilians. Large adults are able to overpower and eat almost any vertebrate unfortunate enough to come within striking range – even large river turtles are not immune to the immense force of the black caiman’s bite.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_caiman

http://crocodilian.com/cnhc/csp_mnig.htm

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Alligatoridae
Genus - Melanosuchus
Species - M. niger

 
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