Amazon River Lizard to Get New Home

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Cherry comes from South America.  He enjoys swimming and basking in the sun.  He also has green and orange scales! 

Cherry is a Caiman Lizard at Gladys Porter Zoo! The large reptile is about four feet long but can’t grow to his full length until he moves to a bigger exhibit.

Reptiles and Amphibians Supervisor Clint Guadiana tells News Center 23 the zoo will accommodate to Cherry and three other colorful caiman lizards. 

“We are remodeling part of our Herpetarium Reptile House and it’s going to be a great new, big exhibit for caiman lizards which come from South America,” Guadiana said. “They’re very beautiful lizards and we’re also renovating some of the older exhibits making them bigger and better and we’re also doing a brand new format to our exhibits.”

Cherry and his caiman lizard friends came from the Amazon River, male caiman lizards can grow to be six feet long.

When the new exhibit opens, the caiman lizards will have a big pool and climbing rocks so they can bask in the sun.

In addition to the caiman lizard exhibit, some of the displays will be rebuilt with larger dimensions and distinctive designs.

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