; order Squamata, suborder Sauria)
A family of robust lizards which enter water readily. They have a mixture of large and small scales. The family comprises the xenosaurs, three species of crepuscular insect-eaters from the rain forests of Central America, and a single species from China, Shinisaurus crocodilurus (crocodile lizard), which feeds on fish.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.