subfamily of reptiles; any of several species of Central and South American reptiles that are related to alligators and are usually placed with them in the family Alligatoridae

The Caiman is a subfamily of the Alligators. The alligators are divided into True alligators and caimans. Caimans and true alligators develop slower than the rest of the crocodiles. Their lifestyle is also slower. Because of this, they grow older than the other crocodiles. In total, there are 6 species of caimans. All of them live in South America, the Spectacled Caiman can also be found in Central America.

A Spectacled Caiman (in Costa Rica)

There are three groups: