Utila Spiny-Tailed Iguana

INTRODUCTION

Once considered one of the rarest iguanas in existence, the Utila spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) is named after the single island it inhabits and the whorls of enlarged spiny scales that encircle the tail. Spiny-tailed iguanas are one of only two lizard species that live exclusively in mangrove swamps, the other being the Green iguana. The Utila Spiny-tailed iguana is also known as the Baker’s Spiny-tailed Iguana, or Swamper.

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FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Ctenosaura bakeri

Status:

Critically Endangered

Size:

Up to 76cm

Weight:

around 300g to 600g

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 20 years

Habitat:

Mangrove swamps

Diet:

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Mainly leaves and flowers, but will eat insects and crabs

Where Do I Live?

Island of Utila, Honduras

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, Arboreal, often lives in pairs or small harems

Why Am I Endangered?

Mainly habitat loss and poaching

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