Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman Range Map (South America)
Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman Range Map
(South America)

Latin Name Paleosuchus palpebrosus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Dark Green/Black
Length 1.2 - 1.5 m (3.9 - 4.9 ft)
Weight 6 - 7 Kgs (13.2 - 15.4 lbs)


Main Characteristics

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman are the smallest crocodilian species. They are between 1.2 and 1.5 m (3.9 - 4.9 ft) in length and they weigh between 6 and 7 kgs (13.2 - 15.4 lbs).


Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman are found in freshwater, fast moving habitats in South America.


Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman mainly feed on fish, small mammals, amphibians and invertebrates.


Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman lay 10 - 25 eggs in mounds of soil and vegetation. The eggs hatch after approximately 90 days and upon hearing vocalizations from the youngsters, the mother opens up the nest for them.


Predators of adult Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman are large boas and jaguars. Eggs and youngsters are preyed upon by large rats, raccoons, birds, snakes and other caiman.

Interesting Facts

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman are also known as:
Cuvier's Caiman
Musky Caiman

Similar Animals

Spectacled Caiman
Smooth-Fronted Caiman
Yacare Caiman
Black Caiman
Broad-Snouted Caiman


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