Caiman Lizard: here’s the scoop
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.
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.
Carnivorous. They feed primarily on invertebrates, such as snails, crawfish and freshwater clams.
8 – 12 years
Did you know?
Caiman lizards can both climb and swim to escape predators.
Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru and the Guianas