Spectacled caimans are the most common species. They are called the spectacled caiman because their eyes sit on the top of their head and there is a small black band that connects the eyes, making the animal look almost like its wearing glasses.
All caimans are active during the night. They are nocturnal hunters, and they eat just about anything. Caimans prefer water mammals, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, and water birds.
The caiman is threatened by habitat loss. When people move into the caiman's habitat, the caiman does not respond well. Caimans need large ranges to hunt their prey.
Three cheers to the park rangers for protecting the caimans.
For further exploration, check out these web sites
Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library
University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology
Enchanted Learning's Caiman Page
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