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Mexican black spiny-tailed Iguana

Ctenosaura similis

Description:

Juvenile. invasive species in South Florida

Habitat:

Crandon Park

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6 Comments

elime
elime 10 years ago

I'm still leaning more towards Green because of the way the tail looks and the coloration of the top of the head.

JVM
JVM 10 years ago

Hi, I've been back and forth on this iguana ID. I asked the folks at the Crandon Nature Center and they said that both species are found in the park and that juvenile Green iguanas (Iguana iguana) are all green. Whereas the spiny-tailed (Ctenosaura similis) are not. Let me know what you think.
Below is a link with some info.
http://www.bio.miami.edu/pze/iguanas.htm...

elime
elime 10 years ago

I agree. It looks more like a green iguana.

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

By the area and the predominance of iguanas in south Florida, more than likely it is a juvenile green iguana-the tail stripes are the giveaway.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 10 years ago

the feet indicates a lizard

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

That looks more like a young iguana to me than a green anole.

JVM
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JVM

Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 1, 2011
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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