Thursday, March 19, 2009

Caiman

This is a close up of a caiman. Caiman are similar to crocodiles, only smaller. They are only about 2.5 meters (8 ft.) in length. They are not as aggressive as crocodiles and are generally considered not to be a threat to people. You will also notice that they do not have as large a set of teeth as crocodiles, and they do not have the the large tooth that protrudes upward from the lower jaw about 4 teeth back from the tip of its mouth.

Caiman are common in Tortuguero. On our boat ride meandering through the backwaters of Tortuguero, we saw more than 10 caiman in three different locations within the span of about an hour.

We saw some children swimming in the main river at the town of Tortuguero. Although that was not in the narrrow waters within the park where we saw the caiman, that would still be too close for my comfort.

8 comments:

JM said...

What a fantastic close-up! Wonderful shot!

Sharon said...

This is a great photo of a scary creature.

Kate said...

Although not the same, this handsome fellow reminds me of the iguana that scuttled across my terrace the other day.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

such an interesting reptile from the dinosaur ages. great capture of the sunlight on the caiman.

m_m said...

Great shot!

glenda said...

Those teeth may be smaller than a crocodile but keep them away from me.

Vogon Poet said...

"Only" 2.5 meters, that's reassuring! Just joking, interesting post, I know nothing about Costa Rica and seems so strange...

brattcat said...

The detail on this is amazing. From the bugs on top of its head to the rather humorous glint in its eye. Are caymans noted for a sense of humor?

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