Description

Broad-Snouted Caiman Skull replica measures 9.7 inches. Broad-Snouted Caiman Skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Broad-Snouted Caiman or Caiman latirostris is a crocodilian reptile found in eastern and central South America, including southeastern Brazil, northern Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

It is found mostly in freshwater marshes, swamps, and mangroves, usually in still or very slow moving waters.

In the wild, adults normally grow to 6.6 to 8.2 ft. in length, but a few old males have been recorded to reach up to 11 ft. Most tend to be of a light olive green color. A few individuals have spots on their faces.

The most notable physical characteristic of the Broad-Snouted Caiman or Caiman latirostris is the broad snout. The snout is well adapted to rip through the dense vegetation of the marshes. Due to this, they swallow some of the dense vegetation while foraging for food.

Broad-Snouted Caiman or Caiman Latirostris diet consists mainly of small invertebrates, and it can crush shells to feed on turtles and snails. As the size of C. latirostris increases, the size of its prey tends to increase.

All of their young Caiman latirostris have a diet consisting of mostly insects; however, as they grow, it increases its intake of birds, fish, and reptiles.

Hunting of the species began in the 1940s. Its skin is greatly valued for its smooth texture. Until most countries have made hunting them illegal, this was the largest threat to the broad-snouted caiman.

This helped them to regain their population. The broad-snouted caimans new threat is habitat destruction. Deforestation and pollution run-off are the two leading causes to the destruction of their habitat.

The female broad-snouted caiman or caiman latirostris lays 18 to 50 eggs at a time. While rare, up to 129 eggs have been found within a single nest, presumably from several layings.

They lay their eggs in two layers, with a slight temperature difference between the two layers. This will result in a more even ratio of male and female broad-snouted caiman.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 9.7 in
Broad-Snouted Caiman Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Caiman
Species: C. latirostris
Binomial name: Caiman latirostris
Conservation status: Least concern