Friday 15 November, 2019

Watch: Conservation group relocates caiman in Mausica

One lucky caiman was relocated after it was spotted in a residential home in Mausica. 

Local conservation group Reptile Conservation Center Of Trinidad and Tobago RCCTT shared the post to social media on Thursday as they successfully relocated the animal.

"Here's a rescue and relocation of a large Spectacled Caiman from the Mausica area! This large male found himself in a drain in a residential development and the residents contacted us to relocate it," the group said.


The group also warned that hunting caimans outside if the hunting season is illegal.

"These animals are protected when the hunting season is CLOSED," the group said. 


Anyone wishing to relocate a caiman can reach out to the group on 766-8951 or follow them on Facebook:

About Caimans

The Caiman is a reptile that is 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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