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Broad-snouted Caiman   (Caiman latirostris)
Category: Reptiles



This broad-snouted caiman is found in Eastern and Central South America and prefers still or slow-moving waters such as swamps, freshwater marshes, and even man-made cow ponds. They eat a highly varied diet consisting of invertebrates, fish, birds, other reptiles, and even fruit. This reptile does not have sex chromosomes – the ratio of males to females in a clutch of eggs is dependent on temperature during incubation.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Alligatoridae
Genus - Caiman
Species - C. latirostris

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The not-a-snake

The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard! Because unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids, visible ears, and like many lizards, its tail can break off in the mouth of a predator, allowing them to escape for another day. The slow worm belongs to the Anguidae family, and similarly (but independently) lost their limbs to better adapt to their environments. These “not-snakes” can be found in gardens throughout Europe and the UK, helping to control the population of slugs and other pests, though you probably won’t see any if you have a cat: a slow worm will likely prove a favorite food of your cat!

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