Caiman Lizard

Dracaena guianensis

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Caiman lizards are semi-aquatic and can often be found swimming in the water. The lizard has a laterally flattened tail that helps it to swim, but it is also used to defend itself from predators. If disturbed or threatened, the lizard will drop into the water and quickly swim away. If that doesn’t work, it will deliver a powerful blow from its tail. The caiman lizard's tongue is forked, and is used to smell and locate prey.  

They have green bodies with red heads and leathery skin. The dorsal (back) surface has enlarged scales that resemble crocodile scutes. The caiman lizard has specialized molariform teeth for crushing it’s favorite prey items, snails and clams.


Large freshwater snails, clams and big apple snails


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