A Yacare caiman's head above water

Yacare caiman

Yacare caiman are also known as the piranha caiman, owing to its habit of eating piranhas, they also eat aquatic snails, snakes and other fish. Yacare caiman construct mound nests into which the females lay their eggs during the rainy season.

Scientific name: Caiman yacare

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Yacare caiman taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Yacare caiman can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Yacare caiman distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 1996

Classified by: IUCN 2.3

BBC News about Yacare caiman

  • Zoo baby A zoo in Lancashire was surprised to find a new addition to their reptile collection - a tiny baby yacare caiman.

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