• Common name:

    The Chinese crocodile lizard
  • ESF category:

  • IUCN category:

  • CITES:

    INT - Appendix I
    EU - Appendix A
  • Registered animals:

  • Studbook coordinators:

    Michael Zollweg
  • Register your animals

    To register your animals or if you have other questions, please contact the studbook coordinator.

Species Description

The Chinese crocodile lizard is green, colored with reddish neck markings and alternating bands of light and dark marks. Males are more colorful than females, especially during the breeding season. They are 40–46 cm (16–18 in) long. Perhaps its most distinctive features are the rows of enlarged, bony scales down its back and muscular tail that resemble those of a crocodile.