Crocodile lizard


Crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus)

„Sleepy lizard“

The Crocodile lizard owes its Chinese nickname to its deep sleep during sun bathing.
This species is ovoviviparous, which means that the eggs are already incubated inside the mother‘s body. The recently hatched youngs are then „born“ alive.
Due to habitat destruction and illegal capture for pet trade and medicine, the Crocodile lizard is one of the rarest reptile species worldwide.

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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 pools of water, or slowly flowing waters with vegetation

Danger: endangered (EN)

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