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Black Caiman
Melanosuchus niger

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Subclass:
Infraclass:
Superorder: Crocodylomorpha
Order: Crocodilia
Suborder: Crocodylomorpha
Superfamily:
Family: Alligatoridae
Subfamily:
Genus: Melanosuchus
Species: M. niger
Subspecies:

Description: It can grow to measure 16 to 20 feet in length. It can weigh more then 880 pounds.

Location: South America.

Food: Fishes (piranhas, catfish, perch), reptiles (spectacled caiman, snakes (anacondas), turtles), birds, mammals (monkeys, sloths, armadillos, pacas, agoutis, coatis, capybaras, deer, peccaries (White-Lipped Peccary), tapirs, giant otters), frogs, invertebrates (crustaceans, insects).

Breeding: Reproduction takes place in the dry season. Females build a nest mound with an egg chamber, protecting the eggs from predators. Hatchlings form groups called pods, guarded by the presence of the female.

Predators: Fishes, mammals (jaguar (Panthera onca)), reptiles (anacondas), amphibians feed on eggs and young.

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