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A Spectacled Caiman (in Costa Rica)

The Caiman is a subfamily of the Alligators. The alligators are divided into True alligators and caimans. Caimans and true alligators develop slower than the rest of the crocodiles. Their lifestyle is also slower. Because of this, they grow older than the other crocodiles. In total, there are 6 species of caimans. All of them live in South America, the Spectacled Caiman can also be found in Central America.

There are three groups:

  • Paleosuchus (Dwarf caimans?)
    • Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman
    • Smooth-fronted Caiman (P. trigonatus)), also known as Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman
  • Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) (only member of Melanosuchus)

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