A five metre long Black Caiman surfaces on an oxbow lake. Seriously endangered as a species,they were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1950's. Within park boundaries larger specimens like this one are making a comeback.
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- A hatchet faced tree frog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus),one of the hundreds of species found within the park.
- A male Ameiva lizard ( Ameiva ameiva) follows the female seen vertically top left of the picture. His colouring matches leaf litter both long dead and recent.
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