Sunday, 18 January, 2015

An infant named Jairo Nastacuas was attacked and killed by a crocodilian while bathing within a lagoon on the Issa Oristuna reservation in Sabanas de San Angel municipality. The boy's mother was reportedly bathing nearby when the boy was attacked and witnessed the crocodilian dragging him underwater. Conflicting reports put the attack as happening at noon on Sunday, January 18th and in the afternoon on Monday January 19th. In addition, it is unclear exactly which crocodilian species is responsible for the attack. The spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) is much more common in Colombia, but the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is more likely to attack humans. Following the attack at least two spectacled caiman were killed, there was no report on whether any American crocodiles were found. This suggests a spectacled caiman is the more likely culprit.

Location data

Latitude: 10.091500000000
Longitude: -74.234900000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age:
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Bathing near mother
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Some important information missing or moderately detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2015-01-18 Day +/- 1
Species Certainty
Spectacled Caiman Probable
Size (metres) Size Precision
Location scale Location accuracy
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About the crocodilian

Spectacled Caiman

The spectacled caiman is a medium-small sized species (maximum length 3 m/10 ft, although rarely over 2.5 m/8 ft) that is widely distributed throughout the New World tropics from southwestern Mexico south to the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. The species has also been introduced to a number of locations including Cuba (Isla de Juventud), Puerto Rico and the USA (Florida). Spectacled caiman are highly adaptable and are commonly found within freshwater habitat (e.g. wetlands, rivers, lakes, urban canals) but may also be found in brackish areas with a higher salinity. Juvenile spectacled caiman feed primarily upon invertebrates and small vertebrates, while adult animals may prey upon larger fish, birds, reptiles and small mammals. The spectacled caiman represents little danger to humans, but can deliver a painful bite. The species is abundant in many areas (e.g. the Venezuelan and Colombia Llanos) but is threatened by habitat destruction and other anthropogenic factors in some areas (e.g. El Salvador).  There are four recognized subspecies of spectacled caiman- C. c. apaporiensis (Rio Apaporis, Colombia), C. c. chiapasius (southwest Mexico through Pacific Central America), C. c. crocodilus (Amazon basin, Llanos, etc.), and C. c. fuscus (Atlantic Central America through portions of Ecuador and northern Colombia).

Estimated Wild Population: Millions

Conservation Status: Low Risk, Least Concern. 

Caiman crocodilus

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2015-05-14 13:55 Brandon Sideleau & Sergio A Medrano Bitar & Alvaro Velasco Barbieri 100-5412 5412