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LEIVA, P. M. L. et al. Size of nesting female Broad-snouted Caimans (Caiman latirostris Daudin 1802). Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2019, vol.79, n.1, pp.139-143.  Epub 12-Mar-2018. ISSN 1519-6984.

The southern distribution of the Broad-snouted Caiman (Caiman latirostris Daudin 1802) in Argentina occurs in Santa Fe Province, where its population has been under management by “Proyecto Yacaré” since 1990. From 1997 to 2016, we captured 77 nesting female Broad-snouted Caimans in Santa Fe Province. Our results suggest that previously defined size classes for Broad-snouted Caiman do not adequately describe the reproductively mature female segment of the population. Here we propose to change size ranges for general size classes for Broad-snouted Caiman. In addition, we have observed that reintroduced reproductive females by Proyecto Yacaré represent about 32% of captured females. These results indicate that reintroduced females by the management program are surviving and reproducing in the wild at least up to 20 years.

Palabras clave : management; size class; reproduction; sexual maturity.

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