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'''Cuvier's dwarf caiman''' (''Paleosuchus palpebrosus''), also known as '''Cuvier's smooth-fronted caiman''' or the '''musky caiman''', is a small [[crocodilia]]n from northern and central [[South America]]. It is found in [[Bolivia]], [[Brazil]], [[Colombia]], [[Ecuador]], [[French Guiana]], [[Guyana]], [[Paraguay]], [[Peru]], [[Surinam]] and [[Venezuela]]. It lives primarily near fast stretches of stream, but also in nutrient-deficient waters.
 
'''Cuvier's dwarf caiman''' (''Paleosuchus palpebrosus''), also known as '''Cuvier's smooth-fronted caiman''' or the '''musky caiman''', is a small [[crocodilia]]n from northern and central [[South America]]. It is found in [[Bolivia]], [[Brazil]], [[Colombia]], [[Ecuador]], [[French Guiana]], [[Guyana]], [[Paraguay]], [[Peru]], [[Surinam]] and [[Venezuela]]. It lives primarily near fast stretches of stream, but also in nutrient-deficient waters.
   
With a total length averaging {{convert|1.3|-|1.5|m|ft|abbr=on}} in males and typically up to {{convert|1.2|m|ft|abbr=on}} in females, it is not only the smallest [[Extant taxon|extant]] species of the [[Alligatoridae|alligator and caiman family]], but also the smallest of all crocodilians.<ref>CROCODILIANS Natural History & Conservation. [http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/cnhc/csp_ppal.htm ''Paleosuchus palpebrosus''.] Accessed 27-01-2009.</ref> The largest specimen on record measured {{convert|1.72|m|ft|abbr=on}} in length.<ref>[http://crocodilian.com/paleosuchus/description.html ''Paleosuchus''] CROCODILIANS Natural History & Conservation</ref> An adult will typically weigh around {{convert|6|to|7|kg|lb|abbr=on}}, around the same weight as a 6–12-month-old specimen of several larger species of crocodilians.<ref>[http://www.theanimalfiles.com/reptiles/crocodiles_alligators/cuviers_dwarf_caiman.html Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman], The Animal Files</ref> Juvenile dwarf caimans eat [[invertebrates]] and small [[fish]] and [[frog]]s, while adult dwarf caimans eat [[fish]], [[amphibian]]s and invertebrates, such as large [[mollusc]]s. It uses [[burrow]]s as shelter during the day, and lays eggs on a mounded nest which hatch in about three months. They are sometimes kept as pets in captivity.
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With a total length averaging {{convert|1.3|-|1.5|m|ft|abbr=on}} in males and typically up to {{convert|1.2|m|ft|abbr=on}} in females, it is not only the smallest [[Extant taxon|extant]] species of the [[Alligatoridae|alligator and caiman family]], but also the smallest of all crocodilians.<ref>CROCODILIANS Natural History & Conservation. [http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/cnhc/csp_ppal.htm ''Paleosuchus palpebrosus''.] Accessed 27-01-2009.</ref> The largest specimen on record measured {{convert|1.72|m|ft|abbr=on}} in length.<ref>[http://crocodilian.com/paleosuchus/description.html ''Paleosuchus''] CROCODILIANS Natural History & Conservation</ref> An adult will typically weigh around {{convert|6|to|7|kg|lb|abbr=on}}, around the same weight as a 6–12-month-old specimen of several larger species of crocodilians.<ref>[http://www.theanimalfiles.com/reptiles/crocodiles_alligators/cuviers_dwarf_caiman.html Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman], The Animal Files</ref> Juvenile dwarf caimans eat [[invertebrates]] and small [[fish]] and [[frog]]s, while adult dwarf caimans eat [[fish]], [[amphibian]]s and invertebrates, such as large [[mollusc]]s. It uses [[burrow]]s as shelter during the day, and lays eggs on a mounded nest which hatch in about three months. They are sometimes kept as pets in captivity. It has diaphanous teeth.
   
 
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