Mexican spinytail iguana (by Ecoikos)
Ctenosaura pectinata

Spinytail iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata), called inproperly also black iguana, is endemic along the Mexican west coast but it can be found also elsewhere in Mexico, as well as in southern California and Texas. It likes dry, rocky areas and grows to over 1 meter in length. Young iguanas are bright green but as they grow, they assume darker and less conspicuous colors. The coloring patterns are highly variable and may differ even among individuals.

Xel-ha National Ecological Park, Yucatan, Mexico
Summer 1998

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