Watch This Gargantuan Python Bully a Caiman and Victoriously Steal Its Pond

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points

  • Burmese pythons are a non-native species of Florida that have successfully established a breeding population in the southern portion of the state.
  • The caiman is found mainly in Central and South America but was imported to Florida as a dwarf species.
  • The caiman range is limited because many parts of Florida are simply too cold for them to tolerate.

These guys have obviously decided that there is only room for one of them in the pond. And it looks like it’s going to be the python that wins. As the video at the bottom of this page shows, the huge snake makes it quite clear that this pond is already occupied. The caiman has to look elsewhere!

Do Caimans Live in the US?

Yacare Caiman
These reptiles were imported into the area as ‘dwarf alligators’ and sold as pets.

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The caiman is a small to medium-sized member of the Crocodilia order and is found mainly in central and South America. However, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there is also an established population of the spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) in southeastern Florida. They are an exotic species here and it is not their native habitat.

These reptiles were imported into the area as ‘dwarf alligators’ and sold as pets. Unsurprisingly, many people found that they did not make great pets and grew a lot larger than they were expecting. The unwanted animals were released and started breeding in the wild. However, their range is limited because many parts of Florida are simply too cold for them to tolerate.

Caimans are semi-aquatic so you will find them in freshwater and brackish habitats. They can be spotted in swamps, marshes, mangroves, and rivers. Black caimans can cope with stronger currents but spectacled caimans prefer still water. This is why they are also found in canals and reservoirs.

How Can Caimans Live in Water?

The caiman inhabits marshes and swamps to mangrove rivers and lakes.

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The caiman’s body is well adapted for life in and near water. Most notably, they have a third transparent eyelid. This protects the delicate structures of the eye when they are in water without affecting their sight. Their ears and nose also have flaps to prevent water entering and they have a further flap structure at the back of their throat. It means that they can open their mouths underwater (to catch fish) without water flowing in and flooding their lungs.

Do Burmese Pythons Live in the US?

Burmese Python in the Everglades.
Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades.

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Burmese pythons are another non-native species of Florida. The first Burmese python found in the Everglades in 1979 was most likely a pet that was either released or managed to escape into the wild. Unfortunately, they have successfully established a breeding population in South Florida which has seriously impacted local native species of mammals, birds, and other reptiles. Like all of the non-native reptile invasive species, Burmese pythons are not protected in Florida, with the exception of anti-cruelty law, and can be humanely killed on private property with landowner permission. What we may be witnessing here is a battle between two species over a pond that neither of them should be in. What do you think?

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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