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Sylvan was an adept hunter among the Spectacled Caimans. He, at first sight, appears lethargic  and lazy with an inability to catch even a slow Lowland Paca in his watery world. How false such a conclusion would be, and how far from reality! For it is this very patience and quietude, mistaken for lethargy, which permits Sylvan to capture his meal. And the perfect time for a meal is midday, when all animals but he are drowsy from their repast. And so it follows that on certain day, at noon, he could be found hunting- and staying still. The sun rays sifted  like a curtain through the rubbery leaves and vines above him as he awaited in the waters with only his eyes and nostrils breaking the surface. Unblinking, Sylvan visually searched the muddy bank before him for any signs of  life. He did not need to wait for long, for soon the bushes parted, and a young deer came forth and caused all of Sylvan’s reptile muscles to tense in preparation for the hunt. But the deer only daintily sipped the slew water, and ventured not into the pool. Once its thirst was quenched, it turned about and disappeared into the bush, unaware of the peril it had escaped. Next a sloth fell within the water nearby,  but that slow fellow swam t to safety before the caiman could even face its way. After came a foolish monkey which ventured into the pond, only to give Sylvan a long and fruitless chase. An owl had plunged in the water directly before him, but in a split second, it was on the wing once more, leaving behind a frustrated hunter. Many failures, though, often lead to a success, and so it seemed today, for after a half hour of the last episode, there came a prime opportunity for a meal. It came in the form of a small splash from behind Sylvan, and in his eagerness he spun about like a top and faced the cause of the noise. There, swimming boldly in the  murky water, was a Lowland Paca. Whether it had dared those depths out of recklessness or ignorance, I can not say. But I can say this: Sylvan was fully prepared to capture his daring prey. The round, brown, pale-striped figure came nearer and nearer,  but then, with a twitch of its long snout, the rodent halted its approach. Fears and suspicions, which  should have been present all along, began to form in the paca’s mind. It gazed about the pools surface with  enlargened eyes, and Sylvan was more still than ever he had been before. The paca’s bright eyes swept over him, yet  he remained unobserved. At length, the suspicions of the paca were hushed, and it continued forth, and in a few seconds was a foot and a half from the caiman. Sylvan watched and watched with eager eyes  as those paddling feet came within reach. Finally, the time for the lunge had arrived, and Sylvan swiftly gaped his jaws. His prey gave a scream of terror and attempted in vain to escape. But the escape was perhaps not as futile as it appeared, for before the paca could be snatched, there resounded a loud, rubbery “Whap!”as something green and heavy  fell flat upon Sylvan’s snout and shut it tight. Immediately after the caiman was scourged with not only one but a full downpour of these creatures from above. And what were they, these tumbling animals? They were Green Iguanas. In an immense horde they pattered upon the unfortunate caiman. For some time, there were  tails in his eyes and claws in his nose and toes in his mouth. The event was short-lived, though, and soon they swam away in a frenzy, and Sylvan again was alone. Yes, alone, for the paca had long fled and the caiman was left hungry in the water. But suddenly he heard a rubbery “Whap!” far above him and without another moment’s notice, Sylvan hastily opened his jaws, and had his meal. 

Spectacled Caiman
Caiman crocodilus

The Spectacled Caiman is named for a bony ridge in front of  its eyes which looks like the bridge of a pair of glasses. This reptile can grow up to 8 feet and females may share a nest, defending it together. The Spectacled Caiman is flourishing on account of man-made water reservoires, which have become its alternative home.

Green Iguana
Iguana iguana

This 3 foot lizard from South America is a popular pet, and is even hunted for food. Despite those facts, it is plenteous in its range. Young Green Iguanas are omnivorous, unlike the adults which eat only plant matter. These lizards live in trees, and will drop, if there is water below, to escape predators.

Lowland Paca
Cuniculus paca

The Lowland Paca is a pig-like rodent measuring up to 32 inches in length. It is a solitary being in adulthood as well as a burrowing beast. It is a herbivore, and has a healthy population, and therefore is not threatened with extinction.

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Wednesday November 17, 2021