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Crocodiles and Caimans

Wildlife of Panama

Crocodiles and Caimans are very much around in Panama, many live in and around Lake Gatun but can be found in many streams and wet areas of the rain forest and even out on Coiba Island there is a large one called Tito around the ranger station. So always keep your distance and dont go swimming in Lake Gatun!

The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is a species of crocodilian found in the Neotropics. It is the most widespread of the four extant species of crocodiles from the Americas. Populations occur from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico to South America as far as Peru and Venezuela. It also lives within many of the Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Grand Cayman, Greater Antilles and the West Indies. For more on the American Crocodile please see this page here at Wikipedia.

The spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), also known as the white caiman or common caiman, is a crocodilian reptile found in much of Central and South America. For more on the spectacled caiman please see this page here at Wikipedia.

The image of this lazy crocodile was taken just from the first bridge at the entrance of the Pipeline Road

The image of this spectacled caiman was taken along the Pipeline Road in a Pond, they can become very agressive if they see their young threatnened! So keep your distance!

Baby spectacled caimans

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