Distribution of the Caiman, Caiman crocodilus on Tobago

Ryan S. Mohammed


The Spectacled or White Caiman, Caiman crocodilus ranges throughout much of Central and South America, from southern Mexico to Ecuador, eastern Peru, the northern tip of Bolivia and the northern half of Brazil. In various parts of Latin America it is also locally known as Baba, Babiche, Babilla, Cachirre, Caiman Blanco, Caiman de Brasil, Caiman Llanero, Cascarudo, Common Caiman, Jacaretinga, Lagarto, Lagarto Blanco, Spectacled Caiman, Tinga and Yacare Blanco. Caiman populations have been documented in Trinidad and Tobago (on both islands) and on the small islands north of the Venezuelan coast (IUCN 1996) such as Los Testigos Islands, Porlamar, Isla de Coche, Isla de Cubagua, Isla La Tortuga, Isla La Orchila, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. In Trinidad its population was well documented by Murphy (1997). However, its distribution on Tobago has not been fully documented.

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