Species Profile: Spectacled Caiman

Name: Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) Range: From southern Mexico, through Central America and down into tropical South America as far south as Corrientes, close to the Paraguay-Argentina border. Diet: Carnivorous Conservation Status: IUCN – Least Concern The Spectacled caiman is a medium sized crocodilian (~1.8 – 2.5meters) from the family Alligatoridae, which is comprised of … More Species Profile: Spectacled Caiman

Crocodile Scales Contain Sensory Micro-Organs.

You could be forgiven for thinking that crocodiles aren’t sensitive. With that thick keratinous skin it’s difficult to imagine they could feel much, but as it turns out, they can feel a great deal more than we realised. Research published today in EvoDevoreveals that crocodilians have sense organs in their skin that are sensitive to … More Crocodile Scales Contain Sensory Micro-Organs.

Croc Scales: Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be….

This post was originally posted on Dar-Winning. Reused with permission. A crocodile’s facial scales are in fact, not scales at all according to a study performed by Dr. Michel Milinkovitch of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. The study, published in Science, has revealed that the characteristic patterning on the face of crocodilians is actually the result of the animal’s skin physically … More Croc Scales: Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be….