A line of Paraguayan common caimans in the water

Alligators and caimans

Alligators and caimans contain eight living species, seven of which are found in the Americas. The American alligator is the biggest member of the family and Cuvier's dwarf caiman is the smallest.

Scientific name: Alligatoridae

Rank: Family

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Alligators and caimans taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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