The spectacled caiman, also known as the common caiman is found in most freshwater habitats in Central America and northern parts of South America, rarely leaving the water. They are more active at night, feeding on other reptiles, amphibians, fish and waterbirds. The young are reared in nests by the waters edge or on rafts of floating vegetation which may be inhabited by a number of females which will all guard against predators. The males are highly territorial and will form a hierarchy. 14 - 40 eggs may be laid. Adults will vary in size from 2 - 2.5m (6.5 - 8ft) in length.