Dean Croshaw, John Rowe
About this Journal
SSAR, a not-for-profit organization established to advance research, conservation, and education concerning amphibians and reptiles, was founded in 1958. It is the largest international herpetological society, and is recognized worldwide for having the most diverse program of publications, meetings, and other activities.
Image and text by Juan Rafael Bolaños-Montero.
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodylus) in Costa Rica where it is known locally as “guajipal”. Ranging from Oaxaca and Chiapas, in Mexico, south through Central America and into northern South America, C. crocodylus is known to show behavioral and morphological variants throughout its distribution. Caiman crocodylus occupies swamps, lagoons, reservoirs, small creeks, and large river meanders where it attains a maximum total length of 2.8 m but most individuals rarely exceed 2 m in total length. Reproduction extends from the end of the dry season in February and March through June and July.