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Yacare Caiman (Caiman Yacare) Facts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yacare Caiman (Caiman Yacare) Facts

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The Yacare Caiman is found in Central South America, including: Argentina (north), Brazil (south), Bolivia (south) and Paraguay.

The common name ‘Piranha caiman’ is derived from its more visible display of teeth.

Yacare Caiman Scientific Classification

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

Yacare Caiman Fun Facts

⧪ The Yacare Caiman is often associated with floating mats of vegetation. The Yacare Caiman has the southernmost distribution of all caimans.

⧪ It inhabits the southernmost range of all caiman species. It lives primarily in aquatic environments such as wetlands, rivers, ponds, lagoons and marshes.

⧪ Known for feeding on piranhas, the yacare caiman also feeds on a range of prey including other fish, invertebrates and snakes.

⧪ Their diet consists mainly of snails and fish, they may occasionally eat snakes. The larger specimens may prey upon mammals like the capybara.