Reptiles in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Reptiles’ reproduction and particularly incubation of eggs differs from other animals. Incubations last between 6 to 12 weeks depending on the species. They are not able to incubate eggs with  their  body  due  to  low  body  temperature. Therefore, incubation needs to take place under sunlight or finding any other source of heat in their ecosystem.

For some reptiles, such as turtles, crocodiles and lizards, temperatures  will determine the gender of the offspring. In most cases higher temperatures (on a warmer year) will produce more females than males.

In Cuyabeno there are 3 types of caimans:
  • Dwarf caimán / Paleosuchus trigonatus. Size: 1 m (3 ft).
  • Spectacled caiman / Caiman crocodilus. Size: 2.5 m (8 ft).
  • Black caiman / Melanosuchus niger. Size: 6 m (19.5 ft).
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