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The giant caiman is a cryptid crocodilian reported from the rivers and swamps of Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Regular caimans may rarely grow up to 16', but Amazonian Indians describe individuals up to three times as large. According to Harold T. Wilkins, they are reputed to tear apart small boats and eat the occupants. Arnošt Vašíček speculates that these caimans may be surviving descendants of Purussaurus, a 36' long caiman found in South America until the Late Miocene.
In a story recounted by Wilkins, an Indian who was hypnotised by a giant anaconda had his life saved when a giant "saurian" erupted from the water and attacked the snake, killing it after a fierce battle. Karl Shuker writes that this animal may simply have been a normal caiman, but lists it as a possible freshwater marine saurian on account of its description.
Notes and references
- Vašíček, Arnošt (2005) Planeta Záhad: Tajemná Minulost, Mystery Film, ISBN 9788023954845
- Mareš, Jaroslav (2005) Kurupira: Zlověstné Tajemství, MOTTO, ISBN 9788072462995
- Drinnon, Dale A. (2009) "Amended Cryptozoological Checklist"
- Wilkins, Harold T. (1950) Secret Cities of Old South America
- Shuker, Karl P. N. (2016) Still In Search Of Prehistoric Survivors: The Creatures That Time Forgot?, Coachwhip Publications, ISBN 978-1616463908