Broad-snouted caiman


• Nome científico: Caiman latirostris
• Classe: Reptilia
• Hábitos alimentares: Carnivore
• Status de conservação: Least concern


Informações gerais:

The São Paulo Aquarium has a specimen of an alligator from the albino wetland. Albinism is the inability to manufacture a pigment called melanin, which gives color to the skin and protects it from both the suns ultraviolet radiation. Albino alligators are rarely found in their natural environment, as the chicks become easy prey as they lose their ability to camouflage between trunks and leaves as normal colored alligators do. The albino alligator was a rare offspring of a pair of wetland alligators that also lacked pigmentation on the scales. Born on 01/04/2006 and arrived here at 8 months of age, Bino (as he is called) arrived at 44 cm in length.

Longevidade:

22 years.

Dieta:

In the natural environment they feed mainly on fish, birds and shrimp, but also prey on other invertebrates such as mollusks. At the Aquarium they are fed beef, chicken and tilapia.

Tamanho:

3,5 meters.

Distribuição geográfica:

It occurs in northern Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

Conservação:

Its main threat is poaching, despite being an activity that has decreased its frequency due to the difficulty of finding the animals. The species is also threatened by habitat degradation.

Habitat:

They inhabit mangroves with dense vegetation or drainage dikes of the Atlantic Ocean.

Reprodução:

They are oviparous animals that lay 20 to 50 eggs. To make the nest, they look for hard-to-reach places by digging a hole in the ground and using branches, sand and leaves to cover it. The sex of alligators is defined by the temperature of hatching eggs. High temperatures tend to produce male offspring and lower temperatures, female. The nesting period coincides with the floods (January to March). With an incubation period of 70 days.

Localização no Aquário de São Paulo:

Freshwater sector