Crocodile lizard


Crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus)

The crocodile tail and the large hump scale on the top have lead to the naming of this only 40 cm big lizards. When sunbathing the often fall asleep very deeply which is why the Chinese call them "Lizards with the great sleepiness".


Category: other

Size: 40 cm

Sexually mature: depending on size

Reproduction: ovovivipar, i.e. eggs hatch inside the mother's body and are then "born" alive. "Pregnancy" can take up to 14 months depending on the outside temperature.

food: insects, invertebrates

habitat: shallow rock pools of water, or slowly flowing waters with vegetation

Danger: endangered (EN)

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