Spectacled Caiman Caiman crocodilus
Caiman,  Pantanal, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Brazil

I was unaware that there were so many different species of Caiman when I took these photos so I did not pay enough attention to the identification features.

Caiman,  Pantanal, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image However, I believe that the first two photos, taken on the banks of the Pixaim River in the northern Pantanal might be of the Yacare Caiman Caiman yacare which is sometimes regarded as a sub-species of the Spectacled Caiman. The fish is a piranha.

The third photo was taken in a small lake of fairly still water in the Amazonia National Park on the left bank of the Tapajos River.

If anyone can help with the correct identification, please let me know.

Caiman,  PARNA, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image There is an excellent web site covering all crocodile species at The Crocodile Specialist Group

I have added a few more photos which have still to be properly identified at species level.
Caiman,  REGUA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman,  Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Caiman, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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