| caiman lizard, any member of a genus (Dracaena) of lizards in the family Teiidae. These lizards (D. guianensis and D. paraguayensis) are found streamside in forested areas of South America. D. guianensis reaches a maximum length of 122 cm (48 inches). |
Caiman lizards spend much of their time in the water. They feed mainly on snails, crushing them with their strong teeth and spitting out the shell pieces before swallowing. Caiman lizards are olive green in colour and have flattened tails with a double crest for swimming. They are egg-layers. Caiman lizards are not known for their wonderful disposition and being one of the only reptiles that have molars instead of standard teeth, they’re known to pack a wallop of a bite. They were quite common in the pet trade in the eighties and nineties until overharvesting threatened their populations in the wild. Through farm breeding, their numbers have once again boosted and they’re slowly trickling back into peoples’ homes.
Unfortunately, most of the specimens imported last year, including our young Rio, failed to thrive throughout their first years. Much of this is attributed to the lack of experience and information on care for these amazing reptiles. Hardly any publication has been done on the species and those keepers that have had success with their caiman lizards have had struggles every step of the way. We’d like to change that.
Dave’s Dragons and the Tegu Lady are proud to announce their most recent research project concentrating on Caiman Lizards in particular. Our hopes is that by having more specimens and more one on one experience with these animals we can pass our knowledge on to novice owners to ensure the survival of their new pets.
Follow our journey with the newest group of Caiman Lizards and don’t forget about Bubba as we keep the public informed with every step of our new program.