Vietnamese Crocodile Lizard
(Shinisaurus crocodilurus vietnamensis)
The Vietnamese subpopulation of Crocodile Lizard was only described recently. Due to deforestation, coal mining and hunting, the population is declining rapidly. It is very popular in international and local trade as it is more colourful than the original species from China. It faces today a high risk of extinction.
As the Crocodile Lizard is locally restricted, it is important that habitats at key sites are secured. Populations in human care need to be built up in order to strengthen natural stocks. Finally, poaching and trade needs to be stopped.
The extensive factsheet for this species can be downloaded below.