Science behind the photo #29

The Pantanal, Brazil, August 2005 – Caimans (Caiman crocodilus) are small members of the alligator family found all over Central and Southern America. This one was lounging in shallow water in Brazil’s Pantanal, the largest wetland area on the planet.

Caimans are usually four to eight foot (1.5-2.5m) long. They mainly eat fish and molluscs, but will attack if you annoy them. Our guide had a few scars to show off.

The Pantanal is roughly the size of Belgium and eighty percent of it is flooded during the rainy season. I went in August when it’s almost at its driest. The ground was crispy with leaves and the waters had receded into thousands of small lakes.

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