Saturday, 27 October, 2018

A 12 year old boy was attacked by a caiman while fishing alongside his father at Del Padre lagoon (around 1 km from Ascension). The caiman apparently took them by surprise, biting the boy's right leg 5 times. He was treated at Hospital Municipal de Guarayos. Apparently the local name for the yacare caiman (Caiman yacare) is "lagarto" so it seems slightly more likely that this species is responsible, although it is unclear if the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) is present in the area which could also be responsible.

Location data

Latitude: -15.902619000000
Longitude: -63.206319000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 12
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Fishing alongside father
Witnessed: No
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2018-10-27 Precise
Species Certainty
Yacare Caiman Probable
Size (metres) Size Precision
2.0 Low certainty
Location scale Location accuracy
  • Precise Lat/Lon given
  • Waterbody (eg, river name)
  • District (common name for an area)
  • Province (or State)
  • Country

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
2018-11-07 06:18 Brandon Sideleau & Luis Pacheco 100-7223 7223