yacare caiman (Caiman yacare)
English: Caiman (Caiman yacare). Photographed in Argentina by Lea Maimone.
Author Lea Maimone
The yacare caiman (Caiman yacare, jacaré in Portuguese) is a species of caiman found in central South America, including northeastern Argentina, Uruguay, southeastern Peru, eastern Bolivia, central/southwest Brazil, and the rivers of Paraguay. About 10 million individual yacare caimans exist within the Brazilian pantanal, representing what is quite possibly the largest single crocodilian population on Earth. Order: Crocodilia, Family: Alligatoridae, Genus: Caiman, Species: Caiman yacare Daudin, 1802.