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Spectacled Caiman

(Caiman crocodilus)

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Alos simply called Cayman. A large, brown or olive-brown, crocodile-like reptile, often with noticeable dark bars marking back and tail; to about 2.5m (8ft) in total length, although most are 2m (6ft) or less. Distinguished from American Crocodile by (1) having a broad, rounded snout, and (2) lacking the crocodile's 2 teeth, one on each side of the lower jaw, that project outside the mouth. Spectacled refers to the bony ridges around the front of its eyes. (Lagarto, Cuajipaloor, Guajipal).


Caribbean and Pacific lowlands, freshwater or brackish water; in or near creeks, streams, ponds, beaches, and swamps. Note: This species regulated for conservation purposes.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus), Costa Rica