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    Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Species Covered: Spectacled Caiman

    Other species covered by this care sheet: Dwarf Caiman, Culverís Dwarf Caiman, Yacari Caiman, Piranha Caiman

    Characteristics: Males tend to grow faster and they get larger. Average male can be 6 feet, female 4.5 feet. Life expectancy is 75 in the wild. Unknown in captivity.

    Sexing: When the cloaca is large enough to put your pinky in, you can sex them. This usually doesn't happen until they are about 3 years old or about 3-4 feet. I donít recommend probing, because a slight miss can ruin your caiman's reproduction chances.

    Mostly Active: Night. They are nocturnal by nature.

    Land and Water Needs: Take the length of your largest caiman and use 2 x that amount for the width and 3 x that for the length of the water area. Have enough land area around it for them to bask and turn around comfortably.

    Lighting and UVA or UVB: UVA and UVB for daytime and heat elements without light for night time, when they are kept indoors.

    Temperature: 85-90 degrees for air and water

    Diet: Carnivorous.
    Chicken (not too much because the additives can affect their offspring and breeding). Live fish in the pond at times (not too much because the oil and scales can be detrimental if used in abundance). Dead fish, deer, steak, any raw meat, road kill, rabbits, bunnies or squirrels.

    Supplements: Reptile calcium and vitamins on occasion. Especially if feeding them meat without bones for a while.

    Maintenance: Clean the filters regularly and be prepared to refill the pond occasionally.

    Breeding: Usually during the rainy season (spring). Mothers can lay between 20-40 eggs.

    Other Information: No matter what you are told, they do not "only grow as large as their enclosure" and you can NEVER tame them. There is 250,000,000 years of killer survival instinct going on that has not had to make any real changes in all that time. If you're looking for a pet that will fetch your slippers, this is not the animal for you! And when it bites you, it will hurt.






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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Would this be a good candidate for stickiness?

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Still no "sticky" love?

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Sticky love addressed man, thank you very much. So many posts are made, it was simply overlooked. (150+ posts a day tends to do that sometimes.)

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    No problem! Just kidding, anyway. I'm glad it rates. The two you posted are excellent, btw.

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Hello, I am so grateful to have stumbled upon this site. I do not have, nor do I intend to get a caiman anytime soon. However... I am interested in how one might aquire one, and if there are any government issues to factor in.
    If I am to get a caiman, it would be several years from now. Once I have my land sorted out in colorado. If I did go this route, I would have a barn, in which I would have set for reptiles in the winter. In the summer I would have a .5 acre pond. How many caiman would be happy and successful in a pond of that size. Also what are the posibilities of housing different species in the same pond?
    Thank you for any info you might be able to send my way.

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    Quote Originally Posted by powderhogg01 View Post
    Hello, I am so grateful to have stumbled upon this site. I do not have, nor do I intend to get a caiman anytime soon. However... I am interested in how one might aquire one, and if there are any government issues to factor in.
    If I am to get a caiman, it would be several years from now. Once I have my land sorted out in colorado. If I did go this route, I would have a barn, in which I would have set for reptiles in the winter. In the summer I would have a .5 acre pond. How many caiman would be happy and successful in a pond of that size. Also what are the posibilities of housing different species in the same pond?
    Thank you for any info you might be able to send my way.
    I do not have first hand knowledge of crocodilians, but in some states crocodilians are stictly outlawed and is a felony to have.

    To address your second statement on the .5 acre pond, well that will depend on the species. Also, males tend to be more territorial than females, but fights can break out amongst males/females, males/males, females/females. It is just more likely with two males. Also note that the dwarf caiman reaches 5' while the black caiman has been reported at 20 feet long. Take species into account.

    As for housing different species, I wouldn't recommend housing different species of crocodilians together. Though I think other more knowledgeable keepers can address this better.

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    A++ =)

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    Re: Spectacled Caiman Care Sheet

    just out of curiosity, you say roadkill. i wonder if i could like shoot a squirrel or a crow and feed it to a caiman

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