Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)
Image credit: © Zilca Campos. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the artist.
Class: Reptilia — reptiles
Order: Crocodylia — alligators, caimans, crocodiles, gharials
Family: Alligatoridae — alligators and caimans
Genus: Paleosuchus — dwarf and smooth-fronted caimans
Species: Paleosuchus palpebrosus — dwarf caiman, Cuvier’s dwarf caiman, Cuvier’s smooth-fronted caiman
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Populations in the Wild
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Weight at Hatching
Typical Life Expectancy
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Thank you to Dr. Zilca Campos for providing expert content review of this fact sheet and photographs of dwarf caimans from wild populations.
Dr. Zilca Campos, Research Scientist at Embrapa Pantanal, has conducted research on the ecology, evolution, and conservation of South American crocodilians for more than 30 years. She has published more than 20 research articles on the dwarf caiman, and is an author of the dwarf caiman IUCN Red List assessment and the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group's dwarf caiman Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan.
Dr. Campos is also broadly interested in Brazilian zoology and sustainable wildlife management practices. View a list of Dr. Campos's publications.
Thank you to SDZG Associate Curator of Herpetology and Ichthyology Brett Baldwin, SDZG Animal Care Manager Brandon Scott, and SDZG Senior Keeper Lawrie Arends for sharing their knowledge of caiman husbandry for the Managed Care section of this fact sheet.
Dwarf caiman at the San Diego Zoo.
Image credit: © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.