Reptiles

American Alligator

American Alligator

The American alligator faced extinction in the last century because of hunting pressures, but now its survival seems assured. Young American alligators feed on insects, small fish and frogs. As they get bigger, they begin to take larger prey.

American Crocodile

American Crocodile

American crocodiles live in fresh water, such as rivers and lakes, but will venture out into coastal waters, especially near estuaries and in lagoons, where the water is brackish. They have also been known to attack humans.

Black Caiman

Black Caiman

Black caimans are the largest alligators in the Americas. Young black caimans rely heavily on aquatic crustaceans for food, especially crabs and crayfish. Adults eat fish, such as catfish and piranhas, and often take large rodents called capybaras.

Caiman

Caiman

Crocodilians are an ancient group of reptiles. They include crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials. They all live in or near water. Most crocodilians in North and South America belong to the alligator and caiman group.

Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

This small and secretive alligator is found only in one small part of China, along the banks of the Yangtze River. The teeth of Chinese alligators are well adapted for crushing, as they feed extensively on crustaceans and molluscs.

Corn Snake

Corn Snake

Corn snakes range from New Jersey to Florida and across to central Texas. They are most common in the south-eastern United States. These snakes live in woodland and meadows, and they are at also home around rural and suburban settlements.

Crocodile

Crocodile

The crocodiles, alligators and caimans and the single species of gavial are the 3 families which together make up this order. Crocodilia are the most direct evolutionary descendants of the archosaurs, the dominant animal life forms from 190 to 65 million years ago.

Cuban Crocodile

Cuban Crocodile

This crocodile has the smallest range of any species. It is only found in northwestern Cuba. It was once found in other parts of the Greater Antilles, such as the Caymans and Bahamas, but is now extinct outside of Cuba.

Dwarf Caiman

Dwarf Caiman

The dwarf caiman, also known as Cuvier's dwarf caiman, is the smallest of all crocodile species. It lives throughout the Amazon Basin, from the foothills of the Andes in the east to the Atlantic in the west, and from Venezuela in the north to Paraguay in the south.

Dwarf Crocodile

Dwarf Crocodile

The dwarf caiman, also known as Cuvier's dwarf caiman, is the smallest of all crocodile species. It lives throughout the Amazon Basin, from the foothills of the Andes in the east to the Atlantic in the west, and from Venezuela in the north to Paraguay in the south.

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