Dwarf Caiman - Paleosuchus palpebrosus Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae) is a small, South American caiman, found near rivers and...

Dwarf Caiman - Paleosuchus palpebrosus Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae) is a small, South American caiman, found near rivers and...

Black caiman {Caiman niger} basking with butterfly on nose  Manu NP, Peru, South America

Black caiman {Caiman niger} basking with butterfly on nose Manu NP, Peru, South America

Dwarf Caiman - Paleosuchus palpebrosus Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae)

Dwarf Caiman - Paleosuchus palpebrosus Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae)

The rain forest of the Amazon is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. River turtles, like this one in Manu Park, Peru, interact with species as diverse as monkeys, caimans (reptiles related to crocodiles and alligators), thousands of birds, and even freshwater dolphins. The butterflies interacting with this river turtle have a lot of company—there are more than two million insect species indigenous to the Amazon rain forest.

The rain forest of the Amazon is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. River turtles, like this one in Manu Park, Peru, interact with species as diverse as monkeys, caimans (reptiles related to crocodiles and alligators), thousands of birds, and even freshwater dolphins. The butterflies interacting with this river turtle have a lot of company—there are more than two million insect species indigenous to the Amazon rain forest.

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