Broad-snouted Caiman

Broad-snouted Caiman

Broad-snouted Caiman
Caiman latirostris


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Crocodylia
FAMILY
Alligatoridae

Range

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay


Habitat

Mangroves, marshes and swamps


Diet

Insects and crustaceans when small; water snails, fish, mammals, and birds as it grows

Length

Avg. 6.5 ft.

Incubation

63 - 70 days

Clutch

20 - 50 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix I

Facts

  • Also known as the broad-nosed caiman
  • Has an extremely short snout; the snout is nearly as wide at the eyes as it is long
  • Adults are pale olive green; older animals are nearly black. Juveniles are brownish olive, with dark stripes on the back and dark blotches on the head and sides of the lower jaw
  • It is a mound-nesting species; eggs are laid in two layers, separated by vegetation.

 

Conservation

Habitat destruction is currently the greatest threat to this species. It was exploited for its hide, which yields a high-grade leather, especially in the middle 20th century.

Least Concern

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Address

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Alexandria, LA 71301
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