Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Reptilia
                       Family : Teiidae
        Scientific Name : Dracaena Guianensis

                       Size(L) : 60cm - 121cm 
                                       (2ft - 4ft)
                       Weight : 1.4kg - 2.7kg 
                                       (3lbs - 6lbs)
                 Top Speed : 16km/h (10mph)
                  Life Span : 10 - 30 years

                      Colour : Black, Brown, Tan, 
                                       Yellow, Grey
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Forked tongue and
                                     powerful tail
  1. Caiman lizards are medium-sized lizards found in South-American Jungles.
  2. They are one of the largest species of lizards in the American continent.
  3. They inhabit the flooded areas in the rain forests and swamp lands of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
  4. They are known to spend a lot of time in and around water and their bodies have adapted very well to this.
  5. For instance, their long flattened tail helps them steer easily in water while swimming.
  6. They are large and powerfully built reptiles growing between 2ft to 4ft in length.
  7. They are carnivores, preying primarily on snails, insects, crabs and occasionally, fish, rodents and amphibians.
  8. They have their predators in Jaguars, snakes and crocodiles.
  9. They are mostly solitary in nature and have a tree dwelling and water dwelling lifestyle.
  10. Distinctively, they have a forked tongue and a powerful tail.
  11. The female caiman lizards are known to lay their eggs in a hole near the river bank and cover them with mud.
  12. After hatching, the baby caiman lizards are completely independent and are able to fend for themselves.
  13. Due to water pollution and habitat loss in the form of deforestation, caiman lizards are reducing in numbers.

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