Caiman lizard

Caiman lizard

What it looks like: The caiman lizard is a colourful creature, featuring a dark orange/red head before changing to green on the main part of its body and then black or brown on its tail. This species may also have some yellow markings. They are covered in large scales, similar to a crocodile, making it equipped for life both on land and in water.

Animal facts:

  • Caiman lizards are a large semi-aquatic species, spending most of their time in or near water.
  • The caiman lizard's long flattened tail helps it to steer while swimming.
  • This species is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
  • They have specialised teeth designed to deal with their food, such as snails. The molars are large and flattened, enabling them to crush shells.

What they eat: Snails, insects and crabs.

Habitat: Rainforest and swamp lands.

Where they live: Amazon basin.

Threats: This species was previously hunted for its skin, but since protection was introduced in the 1970s they are no longer thought to be under the threat of extinction.

Conservation Status
Least Concern
Order
Squamata
Family
Teiidae
Average length
2-4ft