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Schneider’s Dwarf Caiman

(Paleosuchus trigonatus)


Category: Reptiles



Also known as the smooth-fronted caiman, these reptiles are the second-smallest crocodilian. They are native to the Amazon and Orinoco Basins in South America. They are an elusive species that usually hides in burrows during the day and rarely basks in the sun. Their nests are often built near termite mounds - the caiman’s clutch eggs are incubated by metabolic heat from the termites as well as any decaying vegetation that is present.



Data & Facts

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

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