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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

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Paleosuchus palpebrosus

These two animals appear to be basking in a typical Paleosuchus pose, with their heads raised and eyes closed. The bodies of dwarf caimans are highly ossified and armoured, which is apparent from the heavy scutes running down the back of the neck and along the back. Dwarf caimans are primarily nocturnal, terrestrial hunters - although there is still remarkably little that we know about their habits.

Photograph © Adam Britton

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Click Two adult dwarf caimans holding onto a log Click Head portrait of adult dwarf caiman Click Adult caiman head from behind

Click Developing head shape Click Head of adult in water Click Head of juvenile with water reflection

Click Gaping juvenile





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