Caiman crocodilus, the spectacled, common, or brown caiman, is a crocodilian native to northern South America, Central America, and certain parts of the Caribbean. They are native to the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, Tobago, and Venezuela. They have been introduced into Florida, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. (Bartlett and Bartlett, 2003; Crocodile Specialist Group, 1996; Kohler, 2003; Ross, 1989; University of Southern Mississippi, 2009)
Biogeographic Regions: Nearctic; Nearctic :: Introduced; Neotropical; Neotropical :: Native
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