Reader Lou Jost sent me a multipart series of photographs from a recent trip he took to the Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. This is the last set of photographs, but because I’m at home, leaving early to go downtown, this is the only one I have, so I’ll put it up today. It’s a series on caimans, which includes a “spot the caimans” photo. Lou’s text is indented:
Spot the caimans
“Spot the camians!”. There are eight caimans in this first picture—at least. A mother and seven babies. They are easy. I attach a “reveal” photo too [JAC: That will be up at 11 a.m. Chicago time].
At remote Amazonian sites, animals generally are not nervous around people. In the little lagoon shown here, almost everything went about its business right next to us as if we weren’t there (turtles were the exception, but even they didn’t stay hidden for long). A mother Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and her babies patrolled the pond and made cute croaking noises. I count seven babies in this photo, but there could be more.
Some of the mother’s teeth have punctured the top of the snout and now protrude through it. They don’t start out that way; many photos on the internet don’t show any protruding teeth. For example see this Wikipedia photo.
Spectacled caiman mother with teeth protruding through its snout. Ouch!
The Rufescent Tiger Heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) above the caimans initially assumed a bittern-like pose with its beak pointing to the sky, but it quickly gave up that charade and just sat there wistfully watching the caiman babies….
We saw many caiman every day. Here’s one on the bank of the Rio Tambopata, a Spectacled Caiman:
And here is some nice caiman food on the riverbank, a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris).