Caiman lizards are native to several countries in South America, including Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Colombia. They live in swampy areas that provide them with access to water where they find almost all of their food. Their primary diet is snails, although they will also eat crawfish and freshwater clams. They grow to 1.2m (4 feet) in length and can weigh up to 4.5kg (10lbs). They have strong jaws and a powerful bite. They bask on logs and branches where they will be able to drop into water or swampy areas to escape predators. They have broad tails to help them swim and dive and they also possess a third eyelid which is clear, enabling them to see underwater. Little else is known about these fascinating creatures. There has been no actual study ever performed on these lizards in their natural habitat. They are difficult to keep in captivity because they requires arboreal and aquatic habitat as well as soft earth for burrowing. Those born in captivity will eat a variety of food, including cat food, but wild caught caiman lizards will eat almost nothing but snails, which are difficult and expensive to supply. Researchers cannot even estimate how many of these beautiful lizards exist in the wild.
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