Caiman crocodilus — Facts & Information

Common Caiman, Spectacled Caiman learn more about names for this taxon

Data about <i>Caiman crocodilus</i>

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Distribution

Data about <i>Caiman crocodilus</i>
Native range includes
Additional detail Argentina Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Belize Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Bolivia Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Brazil Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Colombia Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Costa Rica Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Ecuador Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail El Salvador Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail French Guiana Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Guatemala Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Guyana Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Honduras Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Mexico Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Nicaragua Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Panama Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Paraguay Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Peru Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Suriname Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Trinidad and Tobago Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Venezuela Global Invasive Species Listings  
Introduced range includes
Additional detail Cuba Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Puerto Rico Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail Thailand Global Invasive Species Listings  
Additional detail United States (USA) Global Invasive Species Listings  

Ecology

Data about <i>Caiman crocodilus</i>
Habitat
Additional detail freshwater habitat
  • Freshwater habitat
    A habitat that is in or on a body of water containing low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids (<0.5 grams dissolved salts per litre).
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00002037
IUCN  
Additional detail terrestrial habitat
  • Terrestrial habitat
    A habitat that is on or at the boundary of the surface of the Earth.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00002009
IUCN  
Habitat
Additional detail animal habitation
  • Animal habitation
    The dwelling of an animal or group of similar animals.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00005803
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail brackish estuary Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail brackish water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail drainage canal
  • Drainage canal
    Artificial watercourse with no flow or a controlled flow used drainage.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000042
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail elevation
  • Elevation
    A landform elevated above the surrounding area.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000176
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail estuarine biome
  • Estuarine biome
    Expressions of the estuarine biome occur at wide lower courses of a rivers where they flow into a sea. Estuaries experience tidal flows and their water is a changing mixture of fresh and salt.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_01000020
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail forest
  • Forest
    An area with a high density of trees. A small forest may be called a wood.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000111
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail fresh water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail marsh
  • Marsh
    A wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000035
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail plain
  • Plain
    A region of general uniform slope, comparatively level, and of considerable extent.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000086
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail pond
  • Pond
    A body of water, usually of smaller size than a lake.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000033
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail prairie
  • Prairie
    An area of land of low topographic relief that historically supported grasses and herbs, with few trees, and having generally a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate. Dominated by tall grasses (contrast steppe).
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000260
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail saline water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail soil
  • Soil
    Any material within 2 m from the Earth's surface that is in contact with the atmosphere, with the exclusion of living organisms, areas with continuous ice not covered by other material, and water bodies deeper than 2 m.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00001998
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail swamp
  • Swamp
    A wetland that features permanent inundation of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water, generally with a substantial number of hummocks, or dry-land protrusions.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000233
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail tropical Environments - EOL project  
Feeds on
Additional detail Giant Arapaima Global Biotic Interactions  

Life History and Behavior

Data about <i>Caiman crocodilus</i>
Total life span max
Additional detail 24.1 years AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  

Conservation

Data about <i>Caiman crocodilus</i>
Iucn red list category
Additional detail least concern
  • Least concern
    A taxon is Least Concern when it has been evaluated against the criteria and does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
    http://eol.org/schema/terms/leastConcern
IUCN  

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