Caiman lizard

Latin Name
Dracaena guianensis

Class
Reptiles

Order
Sauria

Description

Large and brightly colored, caiman lizards can reach up to 3 feet in length. A flattened tail helps the species swim through the water.


 

Range

Northern South America, from Colombia to Brazil


Status

Not threatened


Habitat

Caiman lizards favor watery habitats, including swamps and flooded woodlands.


Niche

This sizable lizard spends much of its time in the water, where it feeds almost exclusively on snails. At night, individuals retreat to trees and bushes.


Life History

Males and females come together to mate, with the female laying eggs after breeding.




Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit