Tuesday, 3 October, 2017

7 year old John David Camacho was killed by what is believed to have been either a yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) or a black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in the Uriuta River of San Juan Uriuta in Villa Tunari while bathing alongside friends during the afternoon hours. The boy's aunt apparently alerted the children to get out of the river when she spotted the caiman. The boy's body, with the limbs removed, was later recovered. Although the black caiman is far more likely to attack humans than the yacare caiman, it is unclear if any black caiman exist in this area. Many of the articles detailing the attack claim the caiman had only recently moved into the area, so it is certainly possible that a black caiman moved into the area.

Location data

Latitude: -16.777554000000
Longitude: -65.375472000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age: 7
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Bathing alongside friends
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2017-10-03 Precise
Species Certainty
Yacare Caiman Uncertain
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About the crocodilian

Yacare Caiman

The yacare caiman is a medium-small sized species (maximum length around 3 m/10 ft, although it is rarely longer than 2.5 m/8 ft) present within portions of south and central western Brazil, northern Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay. The species is perhaps best known for inhabiting the massive Pantanal wetlands and is found within freshwater wetlands, rivers and lakes. The yacare caiman has the southernmost distribution of any crocodilian species and is sympatric with the broad-snouted caiman in some areas. The species preys primarily upon fish (e.g. piranha), snails, other invertebrates, and small vertebrates. Like the other caiman species of similar size, the species may bite humans but represents no serious threat to humans. While abundant in some areas (e.g. the Pantanal) the species is threatened by habitat destruction in other areas.

Estimated Wild Population: Millions

Conservation Status: Low Risk, Least Concern.

Caiman yacare

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2017-10-14 08:01 Brandon Sideleau 100-6754 6754