Chinese Crocodile Lizard Shinisaurus crocodilurus

Chinese Crocodile Lizard male
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
The Chinese Crocodile Lizard is semi-aquatic and native to forests of southern China and north Vietnam.
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
The only species in its genus, it can remain under water for long periods to escape predators.
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
The back and, especially, the tail resemble those of crocodiles - hence their name. Males are brightly-coloured with red, yellow and black bands in the breeding season.
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Prey includes insects, molluscs and worms.
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
They are endangered by continued and extensive habitat destruction and over-harvesting.