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
Clever caiman make the most of an opportunity as wood stork chicks fledge.
The giant waterworld of the Pantanal's impenetrable swamps has largely been ignored by wildlife filmmakers. Extensive research through local experts uncovered this location, a breeding roost favoured by spoonbills and woodstorks. The resident caiman have learned that by waiting around at the base of the roost at fledging time there's a good chance of grabbing an unwary chick.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3
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