Yacaré Caiman

Yacaré Caiman

Scientific Name: Caiman yacare
Common Names: Yacaré Caiman

Maximum adult length: 3 metres (9.8 feet)

 

N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.

 

Once heavily hunted for its valuable skin but now protected, the Yacaré caiman is found in incredibly large populations within the Brazilian Pantanal. They are similar in appearance to the spectacled caiman, and reach a maximum adult length of 3 metres (9.8 feet). Like the common caiman, its scales have well-developed osteoderms. Their smaller size makes them a favourite prey of jaguar and anaconda.

Kingdom
ANIMALIA
Phylum
CHORDATA
Class
REPTILIA
Order
CROCODYLIA
Family
ALLIGATORIDAE
Genus
CAIMAN

References

IUCN Red List (September, 2014) http://www.iucnredlist.org

 

At the zoo

Our female Yacaré caiman came to us from Lakes Aquarium in December 2012.

 

Originally part of a successful breeding programme at Blackpool Zoo, she came to us from the Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside, where she had outgrown her enclosure. On arrival she weighed 13 kg (29 lbs.), measured 1.37 metres (4.5 feet), and was in excellent health.

 

Her arrival brought to 13 the number of crocodilian species represented at Crocodiles of the World.

 

Adopters

Adopt an animal at Crocodiles of the World including our Yacaré caiman. Click here for information

  • Katy Bellamy

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