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.