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Spectacled Caiman   (Caiman crocodilus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This species is widespread throughout Central and South America and is actually the most common crocodilian. They are small to mid-size, generally not exceeding 7 feet, and named for the bony ridge between its eyes. The spectacled caiman’s success as a species is attributed to its highly generalized diet and adaptive ability.

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

https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/documents/Caiman_crocodilus.pdf

 

Data & Facts

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

 
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The report of my breath was an exaggeration

For years, the Komodo dragon was accused of having a mouth so filthy that even if you escaped its terrible bite, you were doomed to eventually die from the ensuing bacterial infection. However, recent studies on Komodo dragons demonstrated that this was unfair, as they have mouths cleaner than many mammalian carnivores. It turns out the reality is worse than the myth: they have poison glands! Komodo dragons produce a venom that sends prey into shock while keeping its blood from clotting. A deer or pig who “escapes” will run off and go into shock, often bleeding out from its wounds within 3 hours, leaving an easy treat for the dragon.

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