OCCURRENCE OF ROADKILLS OF Caiman latirostris ON ROADS IN CENTRAL-WESTERN, SOUTHEASTERN, AND SOUTHERN BRAZIL
Brazil has an extensively large road network, with significant importance to its society. However, construction of new roads can promote the modification of the natural environment, increasing the chances of roadkills of wild animal specimens, both in protected and non-protected areas. In this sense, it is important to collect data on roadkills of native fauna specimens. Considering the scarcity of information, the main objective of this study was to collect data on roadkills of Caiman latirostris in Central-Western, Southeastern and Southern Brazil. Between 2010 and 2022, a total of 48 individuals of C. latirostris hit by vehicles were recorded, with occurrences in the Cerrado (75%), Pampa (16%), and Atlantic Forest (8%) biomes. Monitoring of wildlife roadkills may be an indicator of local biodiversity and its results can be used as an alert for implementing effective preventive measures to reduce the death of caimans from vehicular collisions.