With its endearing appearance and small size when young, this sub-species of the spectacled caiman has been very popular with the pet trade, but it requires a dedicated owner to look after an animal which can exceed 6 feet in length, and which often attains an unpleasant disposition. Unwanted pets have been released by their owners, and now viable populations of this sub-species exist in both Florida and Cuba, representing a potential threat to native fauna.
Photograph courtesy of Steve Grenard
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