Definition of caiman
: any of several Central and South American crocodilians (genera Caiman, Melanosuchus, and Paleosuchus) similar to alligators
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The crocs can be found only in the Zapata Swamp in a habitat deemed the smallest for any living croc species, which include alligators, crocs and caimans.
There are shots of thick clouds of butterflies against the blue sunset sky shaded by Amazonian tree canopies, and ominous dark river water that is likely filled with piranhas and black caimans, waiting.
Bait your hook with a bloody ox heart (no need to bring your own; the guide will provide one) and toss any unwanted catch to one of the caimans waiting patiently, usually, on the banks.
The vast majority were common caimans, an animal that likely numbers in the millions and is not of conservation concern.
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Origin and Etymology of caiman
Spanish caimán, probably from Carib caymán
First Known Use: 1577See Words from the same year
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