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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

A small juvenile caiman gaping in what appears to be a slightly agitated position. Further agitation would result in the jaws being drawn further apart and the caiman starting to hiss, and possibly striking out in defence if disturbed further. Even as hatchlings, crocodilians will defend themselves whenever possible, and even those small teeth can close on your finger with surprising strength.

Photograph © John White

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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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