Caiman is a genus of reptile in the Alligatoridae family that contains three living species. Caimans are found in Central and South America, and differ from the alligator by the absence of a bony septum between the nostrils. Caimans tend to be more agile and crocodile-like in their movements, and have longer, sharper teeth than alligators.
Found in much of Central and South America caimans live in a range of lowland wetland and riverine habitat types and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh; due in part to this adaptability it is the most common of all crocodilian species. During colder weather the black pigment, found within their skin cells, will expand making them darker
Caimans eat a variety of invertebrates and fish, while older animals are capable of taking larger, mammalian prey. Caimans are very much a generalist and adaptive predator, though they are virtually harmless to humans, they may bite if harassed.
Caimans do not make good pets and require proper facilities to thrive.