Utila Spiny-tailed Iguanas

Utila spiny-tailed iguana

The Utila spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri) is only found on the island of Utila off the coast of Honduras, where they inhabit mangrove swamps.

Male spiny-tailed iguana

Males are very territorial and have impressive crests and folds of loose skin below their throat that they use in display. The smaller females must leave the relative safety of the mangroves to bury their eggs on sandy beaches. Whilst the young lizards feed on insects the adults largely eat leaves and other vegetation.

Utila spiny-tailed iguana

They are critically endangered due to their small range, hunting and the loss of mangroves and nesting beaches to building projects.

Ctenosaura bakeri

We maintain a batchelor group, that were bred at Whipsnade Zoo, as part of a European breeding programme. Without the presence of females the males live together with few problems. If required for breeding a male will be transferred from our group to a new collection.

Utila spiny-tailed iguana

To find out more about the conservation work being undertaken with these lizards follow this link: http://www.utila-iguana.de/

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