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Dire Dwarf Caiman

This lithe, green-scaled reptile looks like a miniature crocodile with a stunted muzzle.

Dire Dwarf Caiman CR 3

XP
N Medium animal
Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +2

DEFENSE

AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 18 (+8 natural, +1 Dex)
hp 42 (4d8+24)
Fort +10, Ref +5, Will +3

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., swim 40 ft.
Melee bite +7 (1d6+4)

STATISTICS

Str 18, Dex 13, Con 23, Int 2, Wis 15, Cha 6
Base Atk +3; CMB +7; CMD 18
Feats Skill Focus (Stealth), Power Attack
Skills Stealth +11 (+19 in water), Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in water
Languages none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Hold Breath (Ex)

A dwarf caiman can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 × its Constitution score before it risks drowning.

Sprint (Ex)

Once per minute, a dwarf caiman may sprint, increasing its land speed to 30 feet for 1 round.


ECOLOGY

Environment warm water
Organization solitary, pair, or bask (3–12)
Treasure none

Dwarf caimans are a small species of crocodilian predators that live primarily amid the fast-running streams of tropical rainforests and nearby coastal waters. While hunting birds, lizards, fish, and other small prey, these patient predators sometimes lie in awkward positions for hours before they strike, their mottled scales making them appear to be nothing more than floating wood.