These lizards are called "Diving Lizards" because they dive into the water to escape danger. They're also called "Brown Tree-climbers" because they're brown, and climb trees (who would've guessed?). And most enjoyably they're called "Mop-headed Iguanas" because the adults have strange frills on their heads. They occupy a unique feeding niche — they mostly eat bugs, both living and dead, washed up along the shores of streams and rivers.
Here is an account of the four days we spent at Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.
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- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest