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Caiman capers at aquarium
26th March 2018

By Sandra Pearce
 
A juvenile caiman has joined the Amazonian exhibit at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. 
 
The male Cuvier’s dwarf caiman, nicknamed ‘The Colonel’ by staff, was donated to the aquarium by John Harrison of Lost World Reptiles and joins resident female Cuvier’s dwarf caiman Nibbles, who is 16 years his senior. 
 
When carefully introduced under the watchful eyes of Blue Reef’s aquarists, it seemed to be love at first sight for the pair. 
 
“As soon as he got into the water he went straight over to Nibbles who accepted him instantly, which was great to see. Often upon introductions there can be territorial arguments between the reptiles, but not with this pair. We are now working on target feeding the caiman so that we can monitor his food intake,” said aquarist Jade Hammond.
 
The Cuvier’s dwarf caiman is the smallest species of the crocodilian family with a total length averaging 1.4m for males and up to 1.2m for females. Their size makes them desirable within the illegal pet trade where they are smuggled from South America.