Baker's Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Zoo Location: Reptile Tropics
 Baker's Spiny-Tailed Iguana
Habitat

This rare iguana typically inhabits mangrove forests and vegetated sandy shores of Útila Island, Honduras.

Wild Diet

They are an omnivorous species.

Behaviour

Individuals are commonly observed hiding in the hollows of black and white Mangrove trees, which they use as retreats. They make special use of mangrove roots and lagoons by diving into them and swimming or submerging themselves to avoid predation. Adults are largely arboreal.

Breeding

Females lay an average of 11 to 16 eggs in shallow nests, often in sandy beach areas. The incubation period is 2.5 to 3 months and upon emerging, hatchlings spend time on the forest floor, camouflaged by their dark skin.

Conservation

This Critically Endangered iguana was brought to the brink of extinction in the 1990s. The total population size is unknown but analyses are currently underway and it is likely to be less than 6,000 individuals.
They suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation due to development for tourism, as well as degradation of nesting habitat due to local and oceanic pollution. They are protected by Honduran law through a ban on hunting, in place since 1994, however, actual enforcement of this law is inadequate. 

 

 Baker's Spiny-Tailed Iguana

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Ctenosaura bakeri
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Iguanidae
  • Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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