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Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
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Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)

Identification: Spiny-tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura hemilopha) are large, dark-colored lizards with a long tail that is circled with numerous rings of short spines. Snout to vent length to about 12 inches; tail longer than body. Black crossbars on the body. A row of upright scales forms a short crest on the neck, and shorter upright scales run down the back. Juveniles bright green.

Taxonomy: Iguana Family (Iguanidae).

Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)

Diet: Omnivorous; eats what it can catch, including plant material, bugs, lizards, and rodents.

Habitat: Rocky desert scrub and subtropical forest.

Range: Native populations from Mexico to Panama. These photographs were taken at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ. This species was introduced on museum grounds in the 1970s.

Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) If you were a tasty flower or little lizard, this might be the last face you ever see!
Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana; notice the spiny rings on the tail
Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana; note detail of spiny rings on the tail
Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha) Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana male
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana female
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana female
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana female
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura hemilopha)
Spiny-tailed Iguana female

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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