Spectacled Caiman

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Spectacled Caiman

  1. 1. Genus Caiman Crocodilius
  2. 2. <ul><li>It is like a giant clamp, it holds its prey in place while it rips it to shreds, rather like a crocodile or an alligator. </li></ul><ul><li>This adaptation really helps the animal to keep hold and devour its meal. It can have between 72 and 78 large, conical teeth. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>For Gripping and Ripping Prey </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>These have adapted so the Spectacled Caiman can swim extremely well. Not just fast, but for long periods of time. </li></ul><ul><li>When it is young the feet are very small but grow vastly over time. </li></ul><ul><li>The feet are well shaped so they are very streamline in the water. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 5 toes each on the front feet and four on the back. These claws also help the animal to burrow into wet mud when the conditions are unbearable. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>For Powerful Swimming and Digging </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The &quot;armour&quot; of the Caiman is very strong. </li></ul><ul><li>The Spectacled Caiman is often hunted for its skin. </li></ul><ul><li>This Outer layer of hard, rough scales helps protect the animal if it is attacked by an animal. </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn't always defend the Caiman completely but it does take most of the damage. </li></ul><ul><li>The Caiman has adapted in this way to survive in the dangerous habitat. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>To Defend Itself From Predators </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The Spectacled Caimans webbed feet are not the only property of the animal that help it to swim. </li></ul><ul><li>The tail on the Caiman can sometimes be longer than the animal itself. </li></ul><ul><li>It makes swimming easier for it because it helps maintain balance throughout the reptile. </li></ul><ul><li>The tail makes swimming look effortless and easy for the Caiman. </li></ul><ul><li>The tail is not rigid, but free, a bit like a snake or shark’s. </li></ul><ul><li>This makes the Caiman look elegant when it swims. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>For Easy Controlled Movement </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Caimans live in a variety of different environments, and the do slightly change colour. </li></ul><ul><li>Not as much as a chameleon, but enough to avoid standing out like a sore thumb when hiding or stealthily stalking prey. </li></ul><ul><li>The dull brown colour is good for hiding in mud and it will change to a green olive like shade when is a more bushy terrain. </li></ul><ul><li>Not just on land though, in the murky waters of the Amazon, they are very hard to spot. </li></ul><ul><li>This adaptation is mostly only present in  reptiles  such as this. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>To Avoid Prey and Attackers Eyes </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The Spectacled Caiman has adapted perfectly to its surroundings making it a very dangerous predator. </li></ul>

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