Caiman – Caimans

Small sized crocodiles native to Central and South America

Caimans are found in freshwater habitats as well as some saltwater habitats. They have olive, grey, black, green, and brown-colored skin, with some of them being covered with pale stripes and spots that can help them camouflage. These small crocodilians prey on small mammals, invertebrates & reptiles.

Currently, there is a large population of these crocodiles, and they are under no serious harm or threat. The pet and curio trade have also had some degree of responsibility for local population declines in some areas. At the same time, other threats, including habitat loss, water pollution, and habitat fragmentation, must be addressed as soon as possible.