Crocodile tegu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Crocodilurus
Spix, 1825[2]
Species: C. amazonicus
Binomial name
Crocodilurus amazonicus
Spix, 1825[3]

Crocodilurus is a lizard genus that belongs to the family Teiidae. It is monotypic, with only a single described species Crocodilurus amazonicus, the crocodile tegu. This semi-aquatic lizard has a flattened, paddle-like tail and is found in the Amazon Basin and Guiana Shield in South America. It feeds on arthropods, amphibians, reptiles and fish.[1][4]


  1. 1 2 Martins, M. (2010). "Crocodilurus amazonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. Harvey et al. 2012, p.133, 134
  3. Massary & Hoogmoed 2001
  4. Martins, M. (2006). Life in the water: Ecology of the Jacarerana lizard, Crocodilurus amazonicus. Herpetological Journal 16: 171-177.

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