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Caiman Grotto

Caimans are relatives of crocodiles and alligators (and more distantly, of dinosaurs and birds). Our caiman is Caiman yacare, a South American species similar to the common spectacled caiman. Like other caimans, he is more at home in the water than on land, making his grotto, with depths, shallows, and a heated basking rock, a comfortable home.

 

Caiman in lower left (in water), waterfall in the background

 

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