The caiman lizard prefers to eat snails. So with muscular jaws it crunches the snail, then spits out the pieces of shell. How cool!!
Distribution: Swamps and flooded woodlands in northern regions of South America
Diet in the Wild: Snails, crawfish, freshwater clams, and occasionally Amazon river turtles
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Snails, fuzzy mice, fish
IUCN Red List Status: Not evaluated
Caiman lizards have a nictitating membrane, which is a clear third eyelid. They use this eyelid like a pair of goggles when underwater.
The caiman lizard gets its name from the thick scales that run down its back, which resemble the scales of the caiman crocodile.