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Black Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Ctenosaura similis


Identifiable by the spiny comb-like ridge along its back, and grey-green skin with brown accents and black stripes. A very large lizard, some growing up to 4.5 ft. This one was about 3.3 ft.


Found near a resort in Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Omnivores. Spiny-Tailed Iguanas can run over 21 mph. They're the fastest lizards in the world!

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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 15, 2010
Submitted on Aug 27, 2016

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