Also known as Dwarf Caiman or Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, its range is shown to the left. Males grow to 1.6m, and females 1.2m, though males in the Pantanal have been seen over 2m.
The population is thought to be over 1 million. They are considered least concern and listed on CITES appendix 2.
Habitat destruction and pollution are the greatest threats – activities such as gold mining, are capable of poisoning the river for significant distances around.