Black Caiman

Melanosuchus niger
(SPIX, 1825)
Depto Loreto, Peru. June 14, 2015

What an experience. At sunset, we took advantage of the high water and paddled kayaks and dugouts through the flooded varzea forest to Lunes Cocha, where the black caiman live. The gobble-whoop of Horned Screamers greeted the setting sun, and as it grew dark, the red eyes of crocodilians reflected back the lights of our headlamps. It did not take long to find our first Melanosuchus, a small specimen – the bigger monsters remained hidden from us in the dark.

Read more about my experience here on my Notes From The Field blog.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

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