Latin name: Caiman crocidilus
The Caiman is a cousin of the Alligator, found in the rainforests of central and South America. They look like alligators, except that:
- They are about 40% smaller (Adults average 6 feet in length)
- Their scales are smoother,
- They are brown, and
- Their snouts are more tapered than an alligator's.
Like most crocodilians
, they eat anything they can kill. Caimans make bad pets
, but Ugly Americans
still sometimes buy young specimens
for just that purpose. They are also farmed
Thanks to http://www.rainforestsearch.com/rrrs/crocs.htm for a PC look at the caiman.