Origin: Central and southern
Impacts: The Spectacled Caiman may be easily confused
with the American alligator, although it is an exotic, non-native
The caiman and alligator have slight morphological and color
differences. Adults may attain a length of 6-8 feet. They
can become aggressive, however, if provoked or cornered.
Caimans inhabit freshwater marshes, heavily vegetated ponds,
lakes, and canals. Caimans are established in southeastern
Dade County, Florida, and have been reported in other areas,
such as Everglades National Park.
These reptiles compete for food and habitat with the American
alligator and are more aggressive.
Their introduction to Florida ecosystems is most likely the
result of discarded pets.