Northern Caiman Lizard

The Northern Caiman Lizard (Dracaena guianensis) is a semi-aquatic freshwater reptile in the Teiidae family of rectangular-scaled lizards. It is also known as the Guyana Caiman Lizard. It is related to the Tegu.

The Northern Caiman Lizard has a heavy bright green body with short legs. It has dark bands on its body. Its head is large and usually red or orange. Its jaws are muscular and powerful. It has a long tail. It has a clear third eyelid, which is like a pair of goggles when it swims underwater.  It has five toes, and its fourth toe is longer than its other toes.

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

It measures about 121 centimetres (48 inches) long.

The Northern Caiman Lizard is native to South America, in countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Brazil.

It is semi-aquatic, spending time in the water as well as on land. It prefers marshes, streams, and flooded forests. It is a good swimmer. It also likes to live in trees, so it is arboreal.

It eats snails, crayfish, clams, and fish.

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard

Northern Caiman Lizard
Northern Caiman Lizard
Northern Caiman Lizard
Northern Caiman Lizard
Northern Caiman Lizard

Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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