Scientific Name: Dracaena guianensis
Native Habitat: South America
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Size: 4-5' with males being larger
Temperament: Easy going, shy, will defend with tail whips and bites if threatened
Ease of handling: Patience and trust building from a young age will result in a very rewarding experience
Skill level: Expert, due to their care requirements
Activity level: Diurnal, very active.
Caiman lizards require massive enclosures. They are both semi-arboreal and semi-aquatic, alternating between the two constantly. The enclosure must have a large enough water area for the animal to fully submerge and swim/hunt in. The enclosure must be tall enough to accommodate its semi-arboreal nature. At minimum, a 6x3x5' is recommended.
Temperature: Basking spot should be around 40°C, with the cool end between 27-32°C.
Lighting: UVA/UVB is required
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, organic topsoil, plenty of leaf litter.
A large water area for swimming and hunting. Thick branches, vines, and climbing surfaces are required. It will also require an arboreal basking platform and at minimum 1 large hide.
Caiman lizards enjoy snails, crawfish, and freshwater clams. Insect feeders can be given as a treat but should not be the bulk of their diet. They also enjoy tropical fruit as an occasional treat.
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