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Yacare Caiman

The Yacare Caiman is a small and medium-sized species of caiman endemic to a long range in the continent of South America.With about 10 million individuals currently existing, it is probably the earth’s largest single crocodilian species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Alligatoridae
    Genus Caiman
    Species C. yacare
    Scientific Name Caiman yacare


    Other Names Jacaré (Portuguese)
    Length 2 or 2.5 m (6.6 or 8.2 ft)
    Coloration Beige, gray, dark gray, or grayish brown with dark color patterns
    Distribution Northeast of Argentina, Uruguay, south east of Peru, east Bolivia, central to southwest Brazil, and the rivers of Paraguay
    Habitat Swamps, marshes, fresh water rivers
    Diet Mostly fish (especially piranha), but also reptiles, small mammals and birds
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on March 3rd 2017 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 16th July 2018.

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