Exotic Meat Market offers Wild Caiman Meats from Caimans harvested in the Jungles of Puerto Rico. Our Caiman meat is pinkish-white in color with a delicate flavor and adapts itself practically to every taste and gastronomy, so its tasting is an unforgettable experience. The meat has a fine distinctive texture easily combined with aromatic herbs and sauces and used in any recipe as fillets, fried, stews, either an appetizer or main dish.
All caimans are members of the alligator family,
and together they are part of a larger group of animals called crocodilians
(which includes caimans, alligators, crocodiles and gharials). Within caimans alone there are six distinct
1. Spectacled Caiman: The most common of
the caiman species, it gets its name from a boney ridge between its eyes that
looks like a pair of spectacles.
2. Yacare Caiman: Similar to the spectacled
caiman, the yacare caiman is sometimes called the “piranha caiman” as it’s
known to snack on the razor-toothed fish.
3. Broad-Snouted Caiman: True to their
name, these caimans have a broader snout than others, and a pale olive color.
4. Black Caiman: The largest of all the
caimans, the black caiman is a dark black and can grow up to 5 meters long.
5. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman: The smallest of
the caimans, these are sometimes even kept as pets.
6. Smooth-Fronted Caiman: The
second-smallest caiman species, they are quite similar to Cuvier’s dwarf
10 Interesting Facts About Caimans
1. Caimans are native to Central and
Found beyond the Amazon, caimans live in rivers,
swamps and forests all throughout Central and South America. The spectacled
caiman is the most widespread, and can be found further north than other
species, while the yacare caiman can be found further south on the continent
than other species. They all live in freshwater habitats, however the
spectacled caiman can also tolerate saltwater which enables it to live over a
2. Caimans are both bigger and smaller
Overall, caimans are smaller than their alligator
cousins- this is true for five of the six caiman species. However, the biggest
caiman (the black caiman) is bigger than any type of alligator. Caimans and
alligators are very similar, the only differences being their size and the fact
that caimans have more pointed snouts and longer, sharper teeth than alligators
3. Caimans are better at swimming than
Caimans have squat bodies, with long tails and
short legs. Even though they live in and out of the water (they’re
semi-aquatic), they are much better adapted for swimming in the water than
walking on dry land. They use their strong tail to propel them in the water
while they swim, not using their legs at all!
4. Caimans are as sneaky and stealthy as you’d
Caimans have both their nose and eyes on the top
of their head, allowing them to see and breathe while the rest of their body
remains completely underwater. This is how they’re able to hide in plain sight
from their prey and sneak up as they need to.
5. Eat and be eaten: Caimans range from
apex predators to dinner for anacondas.
As carnivorous reptiles, caimans eat a variety of
other species. All caimans eat fish and small animals, but the larger species
can even hunt capybaras or jaguars! Black caimans are the apex predators in the
Amazon, meaning they have no natural predators, but smaller caimans fall much
lower on the food chain. Some may find themselves dinner for a quicker leopard
6. Caiman mothers know best.
These intelligent animals know how to birth and
raise many animals at once. The females lay eggs in a nest made of vegetation
and soil, sometimes up to 40 eggs at a time. As the material in the nest rots,
it produces a heat that keeps the eggs warm. Warmer temperatures produce
females, and colder produce males, so many caimans make nests with several
layers to ensure even gender distribution in their offspring. Once they are
born, the mother caiman will nurture them for several months. Should something
happen to the mother, caimans are able to take care of another caiman’s
7. Caimans come in all sizes.
The smallest caiman is the Cuvier’s dwarf caiman,
which grows to about 1.2-1.4 meters long. The black caiman, the largest, grows
up to 5 meters in length!
8. Caimans (usually) aren’t dangerous to
Caimans may have a terrifying reputation, always
shown in films lurking the dark waters in search of the next victim to fall
into the water. Luckily, most species of caiman are too small to be dangerous
to humans, and prey on much smaller animals. The black caiman, however, is one
that is large enough to pose a threat to humans, but they prefer to hunt other
9. Caimans are not endangered!
Some good news amidst a rainforest that is
threatened by deforestation, caimans are not currently endangered. In the past,
species of caimans were threatened by hunting for their skin and meat, but
today populations are strong. The few local populations that are threatened are
luckily found elsewhere.
10. Caimans can be spotted all throughout the
Want to see a caiman for yourself? Locals and
tourists alike can often spot caiman on smaller rivers in the Amazon, either
sunbathing on the shores or lurking by the water’s edge. Look for them close to
mangrove or foliage in the water as they look to stake out a good hiding spot!