The Caiman Lizard, also called Northern Caiman Lizard to
distinguish from the grey Paraguay Caiman Lizard, is a large,
heavy, water-loving lizard native to swamps and forest
water-courses of northern South America. Its diet is mainly snails and crayfish.
An attractive lizard with an orange or red head and green
body, it is related to the similar-sized Tegu (both reach
some 4 feet long) and has water adaptations such as a
flattened tail and crocodilian features like its namesake,
the Caiman crocodile. Males are more brightly-coloured than
Unfortunately, its colourful, leathery skin makes it a target for collection from the wild for the leather trade.