«MAIN
«MAPS

FAMILY:
ALLIGATORIDAE

A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
C. crocodilus
C. c. apaporiensis
C. c. fuscus
C. latirostris
C. yacare
M. niger
P. palpebrosus
P. trigonatus

FAMILY:
CROCODYLIDAE

C. acutus
C. intermedius
C. johnstoni
C. mindorensis
C. moreletii
C. niloticus
C. novaeguineae
C. palustris
C. porosus
C. rhombifer
C. siamensis
M. cataphractus
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

DICHOTOMOUS KEY
[German]

MAIN MENU

Caiman crocodilus fuscus

Adult caiman in a typical floating posture at the water surface. Crocodilians can lay motionless in this neutrally-bouyant position, with front and rear legs extended to prevent rolling. The ingestion of gastroliths - small stones or other objects - may affect this bouyancy, although the stones may also have a role in grinding up food.

Photograph courtesy of Jules Ehrstein

ALL IMAGES:
[click on image for enlargement]

Click Brown caiman floating at water surface Click Hatchling brown caiman Click Hatchling brown caiman #2





SPECIES LIST | BIOLOGY DATABASE | COMMUNICATION | CAPTIVE CARE
CROCS ON FILM | CROC SHOTS | CHINESE ALLIGATOR FUND | CROC LINKS


Return to Crocodilians Natural History & Conservation
Design and content by Adam Britton © 1995-2012 All rights reserved. [email]