The Nacoot is small lizard capable of blending in with its surroundings. The bright coloring along its spine, noticeable only when the Nacoot has been startled, warns off potential predators. When cornered, the Nacoot whips its tail around to both strike attackers and to offer a less vital appendage to be eaten. Losing its tail is only a minor inconvenience, as it will grow back over time.

An ambush predator, the Nacoot lives off of birds, rodents, and other small animals. Its claws and sharp beak are usually more than sufficient to handle any prey its own size.