top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Metre-long caiman found in river in south France

A caiman - an alligator-like reptile - has been found in a river north of Toulouse (Haute-Garonne, Occitanie), in the south of France.

The one-metre-long animal was reported by a woman who had been walking near the banks of the Hers river, on Tuesday October 29, near the commune of Fonbeauzard.

The alligator-like creature was captured by the fire brigade, under the supervision of a vet, and taken to a veterinary school in Toulouse.

It is not yet known how the animal came to be in the river, as caimans usually live in swamps, marshes, mangrove rivers and lakes in Mexico, Central and South America.

Caimans - not to be confused with caiman lizards or Cayman iguanas - are relatively small-sized, crocodile-like reptiles, that are known as “crocodilian alligatorids”, which also includes alligators.

However, caimans are distinct to alligators and crocodiles in a few ways, including having longer teeth and stiffer, less flexible hides.

They usually eat fish, insects, birds, and reptiles, and can be ferocious.

They have few predators, except for anaconda snakes and jaguars, but have previously been hunted by humans for their meat and skin.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France