Black Caimans are widely distributed throughout Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It is an apex predator in the Amazon and has earned the tag of the largest predator of the Amazon. These carnivorous reptiles live along slow-moving rivers, lakes, and seasonally flooded savannas. They can grow to sizes of at least 5m (16 ft).
Black caimans are now classified as a species of Least Concern status, but it wasn’t always like that. Black caimans used to be excessively hunted and killed for their scales, which were used in fashion. Up to 99 percent of black caimans were once killed, but intense conservation efforts brought them back from the verge of extinction.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No