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Caiman Lizard: here’s the scoop

threats

Caiman lizards were once widely hunted for its skin, but regulations were passed to control hunting for the leather trade. Other threats include pollution, deforestation and habitat loss.

Species

Caiman Lizard

Scientific name

Dracaena guianensis

Habitat

Swampy habitats or other flooded woodlands where they spend most of their time basking on low branches and roots overhanging marshes, flooded forests and streams.

Diet

Carnivorous. They feed primarily on invertebrates, such as snails, crawfish and freshwater clams.

life expectancy

 8 – 12 years

Did you know?

Caiman lizards can both climb and swim to escape predators.

Range

Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and the Guianas

Conservation status

Not Evaluated