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Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Tegus

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

HerpsRULE!

Years Experience:

Over 20 Years

Species:

Draceana Guianiesis/Northern Caiman Lizard

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Draceana Paraguayenis/Southern Caiman Lizard

Care Sheet Information:

GENERAL DISCRIPTION:

Northern Caiman Lizards are a type of unique aquatic tegu from rainforests, rivers, and lakes from Columbia, Brazil, Ecudor, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Females get 3 feet. Males get 4 feet. Males have a bright red head. Females have a dull red head. They are nice, cool, tame, interesting, and fun lizards. They have very dull teeth used for crusing frogs, and snails. These are my favorite animal. Many in america are farm bred in Peru. Not many people know that there is another caiman species, Paraguayenisis. Southern Caiman Lizards are’nt often offered as pets at all yet. The Northern species has a red head and a green body. The Southern species has an all brown body. THESE ARE’NT BEGGINER LIZARDS.

EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

If you can handle something that needs big caging, lots of expensive food, you know what you are doing, go for it. I suggest having something like a ackie, water dragon, bearded dragon, or basilsk before getting this lizard.

FOOD:

They will eat hard boiled eggs, mice, rats, can O’ snails, chicks, nightcrawlers, goliath horn worms, crayfish, canned jumbo krill, fish such as frozen silversides or smelt, grapes, mango, apple, orange bananna, and peach. They NEED somesort of fish, crustacean, rodents, if u can get whole quail or chicks, snails, hard boiled eggs, and assorted fruits. You need these foods. They eat all of these in the wild. Variaty is key. DON’T FEED GROUND TURKEY YOU ARE BETTER OFF USING WHOLE PREY ITEMS BECAUSE IT HAS ALL THE CALCIUM AND NUTRIENTS THEY NEED.

HOUSING:

A baby can be housed in a 55 gallon tank. A single adult may be housed in a 8x4x4. They do climb on occasion so offer branches. They need enogh water to swim. Use a filter. I suggest using either the whole tank having a 2 foot water level with sticks and logs coming out of the water, or having a divider so there is i 1/4 flat land, 3/4 water and sticks coming out of the water for climbing. Those are just cage suggestions.

Hope this helps!
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