Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Watch: Caiman goes for a dip in swimming pool

Thinking of taking a dip in a swimming pool? Better check to see if a caiman got there first.

Conservation group Reptile Conservation Center Of Trinidad and Tobago (RCTT), shared a video to their Facebook page on Wednesday, showing not one, but two relocation exercises, one of which involved a caiman who felt like taking a dip in a swimming pool.

The group rescued the caiman from a swimming pool in Bamboo and another which had been found in St Helena. 

The group said the spectacled caimans were both safely relocated to an undisclosed location.

(Video: RCCTT)

 

Caimans are closely related to alligators and crocodiles. There are six species of caiman that can be found in Central and South America: in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, French Guyana.

Caimans live in swamps, flooded savannas, mangroves, slowly moving rivers and lakes. Many caiman species are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. People hunt caimans because for their skin and meat. Some people keep caimans as pets.

Caimans can reach 5 to 20 feet in length and weigh from 220 to 1100 pounds, depending on the species. Males and female look alike.

Caimans are important in their native habitats because they keep a number of animals (their prey) under control. Reduced number of caimans in the wild resulted in increased number of capybaras (which destroy crops) and piranhas (which attack cattle).

Caimans have a long lifespan. They can survive 30 to 40 years in the wild and up to 60 years in captivity.

 

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