These crocodiles get the word ‘piranha’ in their name from their visible display of teeth, an unusual characteristic whereby certain large teeth in the lower jaw may protrude through the top surface of the upper jaw. Swimming is a more natural mode of locomotion for this species than walking on land.
These crocodiles eat primarily aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, especially fish, crabs, snails, and mollusks. Adult caimans eat various fish and birds, with larger animals occasionally catching a capybara. The Yacare caiman is a species of Least Concern status because it is still extensively spread despite dwindling compared to past numbers.
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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