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Chinese Crocodile Lizard

Chinese crocodile lizard is a semi-aquatic species of lizard found in southern China and northern Vietnam. It is the only species representing the monotypic genus Shinisaurus. The species is largely diurnal and can remain submersed under water for long periods of time.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Shinisauridae
    Genus Shinisaurus
    Scientific Name Shinisaurus crocodilurus

    Length 40–46 cm (16–18 in)
    Weight Up to 10 oz
    Color Combined shades of gray and brown on the upper surface with yellowish-tan underside  and with bright orange markings; alternating markings of light and dark bands on the body
    Distribution China, Vietnam
    Habitat Clear, shallow, slow-moving pools with overhanging trees and vines and with rocky and sandy bottoms in secondary evergreen and bamboo forests
    Diet Tadpoles, a variety of insects, caterpillars, grasshoppers, dragonfly larvae, small fish
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate in groups during winter in rock crevices or tree holes
    Predators Birds of prey, snakes, mammals
    Breeding Season July-August
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 2 to 12 young
    Gestation Period 8 to 12 months
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Up to 10 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Endangered

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    Published on March 22nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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