Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Large groups of young spectacled caimans are cared for by one adult.
  • Adult spectacled caimans protect groups of young caimans from predators, such as birds.
  • The spectacled caiman babysitters also lead the young to deeper water, where they can grow into adults.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Reptiles
  • Life cycles

Spark a discussion

  • How does the adult spectacled caiman look after the young?
  • Why do you think the young spectacled caimans need an adult to protect them?
  • What might be the advantage of having one adult look after a large group of young? What might the other adult caimans be doing?

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