Genus, Ctenosaura Wiegmann, – Spiny-tailed Iguanas. Species, Ctenosaura acanthura (Shaw, ) – Iguana-espinosa del Golfo, Northeastern Spinytail. Ctenosaura acanthura (Shaw, ). Dataset; GBIF Backbone Taxonomy: Rank; SPECIES. Continent: Middle-America Distribution: E Mexico (from Liera and Tepehuaje de Arriba in Tamaulipas southward to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in SE Veracruz.

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Ctenosaura acanthuracommonly known as the northeastern spinytail iguanais a species of iguanid lizard endemic to Mexico.

The northeastern spinytail iguana was first described by British zoologist George Shaw in Northeastern spinytail iguanas have distinctive keeled scales on their long tailswhich give them their common name.

Northeastern spinytail iguanas are excellent climbers, and prefer a rocky habitat with plenty of crevices to hide in, rocks to bask on, and nearby trees to climb. They are primarily herbivorouseating flowersleaves, stems, and fruitbut they will opportunistically eat smaller animals, eggs, and arthropods.


This species may commonly be found around areas of human habitation. These large lizards range from central Tamaulipas to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec between the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Mating generally occurs in the spring. Ctenoszura male shows dominance and interest by head bobbing, eventually chasing the female until he can catch her and subdue her.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ctenosaura acanthura [1] Scientific classification Kingdom: Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

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