Caiman keeper Donie S. Regala tells us more about the Caiman crocodilus.
Q: What makes it challenging to care for a caiman?
It’s the constant risk of getting bitten by one. [At one point], I got bitten and my entire finger almost got mutilated.
Caimans are very unpredictable animals that must always be handled with extreme caution and respect. My caiman is slightly territorial, but after five minutes of handling, it eventually calms down. Q: What do Spectacled Caimans eat?
I feed them a mixed diet of chicken, pork, beef chops, carabao chops, rats, and frogs to maintain their health and support their nutritional needs.
Q: How do you keep them happy?
Always make sure they have access to water where they can swim, and a basking area with natural sunlight. Caimans love two things: sun and water.
Q: What lessons have you learned caring for these wonderful creatures?
Handle them with extreme care, caution, and alertness. Always respect these animals.