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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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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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