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The semi-aquatic Chinese crocodile lizard dives into water when threatened and can stay underwater for a long time.

chinese crocodile lizard in water

Did You Know?

Mainly active during the day, it often enters into a metabolic pause, remaining completely still and unresponsive for hours at a time. As such, local people refer to it as ``lizard of great sleepiness``.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Shinisaurus crocodilurus

Chine and Vietnam

Forests near ponds and streams

more than 10 years

Zoo Location:
World of the Insect

Snails, insects, worms and other invertebrates

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)