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    The black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) is the largest species in the Alligatoridae family, sometimes attaining over 5m in length. This makes it the largest predator in the amazon, an apex predator that feeds on a wide variety of smaller prey. This one is a juvenile that has years of growth ahead of it before it reaches the top of the food chain, at this point it likely feeds mostly on snails, small fish, and frogs. The oxbow lake where it and others live is visible directly behind the caiman.
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    Date Taken: Aug 31, 2018
    Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2018
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D810
    Focal Length: 17 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec
    Aperture: f/10
    ISO: 800
    Copyright: © Anton Sorokin
    Categories: Animals, Nature
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest