This is not a lizard for beginners! This rare and specialized denizen of forested riverbanks is imported in low numbers and is still a rarity in the pet trade. The caiman lizards’ large size and potentially painful bite are two more reasons that few tackle its husbandry. Worst of all, most fresh imports prefer a diet of snails Â– a food item difficult to provide for most keepers. A wood mulch substrate works well in a cage that is at least 2 feet by 4 feet in floor dimensions. A soaking pan in which the caiman lizard can submerge completely should be at one end of the enclosure. A wooden ‘cave’ at the other end must large enough to allow the caiman lizard to curl up inside. Aim a basking lamp at the shelter’s top so the caiman lizard can utilize the ‘roof’ as a daytime place to warm up. Caiman lizards have been persecuted in their natural habitat for their crocodilian-like skins. We are still learning the subtleties of the caiman lizards’ behavior and natural history. Little is known of its reproductive habits.
Forested corridors along rivers and streams.
Tropical jungles of Amazonian South America.
Scientific Name: Dracaena guianensis
Size: 2 to 4 feet