Photographer captures caiman wearing crown of butterflies :

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As photographer Mark Cowan travelled down the Amazon, studying reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan, he captured a phenomenal photo that is as visually stunning as it is educational.

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Chennai: According to, the image showcases a lounging caiman with a vibrant crown of butterflies. Biologically, the winged creatures need salt to survive, and the water that collects on the caimans skin is a key provider of those minerals.

Many other animals must rely on similar commensalism in order to receive the proper nutrients. While the caiman doesnt benefit nutritionally from the relationship, his coy expression shows that he doesnt seem to mind the attention.

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