This caiman gets its name from the bony ridge between its eyes, which looks like bridge of a pair of spectacles.
It eats a variety of prey (snakes, shrimp, turtles, birds, mammals, etc.) which it detects in the water by vibration. An interesting fact, the mother spectacled caiman takes great care of her young, even caring for the young of other females, and they often stay with her for up to 18 months!
Highly adaptable, this species is taking over areas from other crocodile species which have disappeared.
At La Barben zoo, the spectacled caimans live (happily!) with the snapping turtles.