Smooth Fronted Caiman Skull


The Smooth Fronted Caiman (Paleosuchus trigonatus) is a small to medium-sized crocodilian species native to the Amazon rainforest and other freshwater habitats in South America.


Smooth Fronted Caiman Skull Replica measures 10.1×5.5×4.3 in. Smooth Fronted Caiman Skull 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 décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Smooth Fronted Caiman or Paleosuchus trigonatus, also known as Schneider’s Dwarf Caiman or Schneider’s Smooth-Fronted Caiman.

The smooth fronted caiman or Paleosuchus trigonatus is native to the Amazon and Orinoco Basins in South America and is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

The Smooth Fronted Caiman or Paleosuchus trigonatus is the second smallest species of the family Alligatoridae. An adult typically grows to around 3.9 to 5.2 feet in length and weighs between 20 and 44 lbs.

Exceptionally large males can reach as much 7.5 feet in length and 79 lb. in weight. The smooth-fronted caiman is not extensively hunted because its skin contains many bony scutes, which make it of little use for leather.

The head of the smooth fronted caiman is similar in appearance to that of the spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), but no bony ridge or “spectacle” occurs between the eyes. The scutes on the back of the neck and the tail are large, triangular, and sharp.

It has heavily ossified body armor on both its dorsal and ventral surfaces. The relatively short tail is broad at its base and flattened dorsoventrally in contrast to most species of crocodilians which have laterally flattened tails.

The bony scutes on the tail have sideways projections; and the tail is so well armored, that it is relatively inflexible. The Smooth fronted caiman or Paleosuchus trigonatus is a dark greyish-brown with mid-brown eyes.

Males grow to about 5 ft. 7 in. long, with the largest recorded specimen being 8 ft. 6 in. Female Paleosuchus trigonatus do not often 4 ft. 7 in. It is a robust crocodilian, strong for its size, and tends to carry its head high with its neck angled upwards.

It inhabits small streams in forested areas where in some cases, the water may be insufficiently deep for it to completely submerge itself. It is seldom seen in open areas and does not usually bask in the sun, even in captivity.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 10.1 × 5.5 × 4.3 in
Smooth Fronted Caiman Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Paleosuchus
Species: P. trigonatus
Binomial name: Paleosuchus trigonatus
Conservation status: Least concern