Archive for 'Alligatoridae'

Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare)

A downpour last night has made old and dry waterways yet again flowing with water and this caiman is old enough to remember. Thus it’s waiting here where the new stream meets the old and murky water of last year. During this time fish will migrate up the stream, just like the Atlantic and Pacific […]

Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) eggs

With so many caimans I should have found many nests, but only found this one, so they hide their eggs very well – at leas for a human. It appeared it was opened by a monitor lizard, but it did not finish the job, so the damaged nest was susceptible to the rising water and […]

Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare)

This was one of many caimans resting on a sandbank island that is slowly disappearing in the rising waters. I was here for five days, and this was the only time I saw them like this. Notice the butterfly sucking salts from the mouth – a precarious place – usually they sit around the eyes, […]

Broad-Snouted Caiman (Caiman latirostris)

Where there’s water there’s a caiman, and where there’s a caiman there’s a multitude of insects. Here a benign glittering sapphire (Lasaia agesilas) sits on it like a decoration while it’s sucking fluids from its eye. There are two species here in Iguacu National Park, the other is jacare. The broad-snouted is distinguished by the […]

Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger)

This lake is quite far from the Tuichi River and has no stream in or out, but the Caiman has found its way to this small and tranquil lake. The sun has set and darkness is falling fast, but still you can see the shiny eyes watching you. At night a flashlight is the only […]