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Cuvier’s dwarf caiman   (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This relatively diminutive caiman is the smallest of all the crocodilians and is native to South America. Adults rarely exceed fifteen pounds and do not grow larger than five feet long. They are considered a “keystone” species that helps keep a healthy balance of other organisms sharing their ecosystem.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuvier's_dwarf_caiman

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Alligatoridae
Genus - Paleosuchus
Species - P. palpebrosus

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Please stop blaming snakes for everything

From Medusa to the Bible to Harry Potter, snakes have a bad reputation, but the vast majority are quite harmless - in fact, only about 20% of snakes are venomous, and the bites of less than 7% of snakes are considered medically important! Aside from venomous snakes, there are a few large constrictors that are dangerous, as well. But the truth is that the vast majority of snakes you come across in the wild would prefer to stay out of your way and be left alone! Even in Australia, the only continent in the world where venomous snakes outnumber the non-venomous, there are only 2-4 deaths by snake recorded each year. You are far more likely to be die from a bee sting - or another human - than be hurt by a snake!

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