Sonoran Spiny-tailed Iguana ~ 2 (Male) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Tucson,Az Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
using a Canon Powershot SX10IS. This guy strutted, yes strutted two steps in front of me. He was MASSIVE! I mean we are talking stud muffin of the reptiles…lol

A non-native, very large ash gray to gray-brown lizard with black mottling and a long spiny tail. Dark bars cross the back and the posterior half of the tail is banded. A row of enlarged mid-dorsal scales forms a low crest on the neck and a ridge down the back. Juveniles are bright green.

Introduced to the grounds of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
near Tucson in the 1970’s. It is still reproducing there, but apparently is no expanding its range, and only occasionally observed off the museum grounds.

Diurnal. Frequently seen basking on rock outcrops, boulders, cacti, and trees in its native Mexico. Has also been observed on walls and fences in areas of human habitation. When threatened it retreats into rock crevices or woodpecker holes and uses its spiny tail to block out predators. Juveniles are predominantly arboreal. Herbivorous, but occasionally eats invertabrates and has been documented eating rodents and Clark’s Spiny Lizards at ASDM.

Lays eggs from spring through early summer.


Interesting story, I had two of these before I new what they were! I was Asst Mgr. at a box Pet Store and we got them in as Club-tailed Iguanas. Well I specialized in reptiles and new that they were not what they were listed as. I am not an expert I will say now, but what I did know, I know! Anyway, I took them home due to them being to aggressive to sell and hard to handle for the majority of customers. I was too anal in who I sold reps to due to the lack of knowledge people were willing to hold on to much less spend to provide an appropriate habitat. I learned as much as I could and when I found out about the program at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
I was thrilled to finally be able to put a name to these reptiles. Later I found a docent who spent much time at the ASDM and donated them to the Museum. I was very happy to know that they were going to a great new home, more appropriate for them. Now when I go I always wonder if I am looking at the pair that I said farewell too!

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Comments

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    OK, this is not fair Kim. We haven’t lizards here. Can I come for a visit? He’s beautiful!!!

  • LOL, come on over…I will show you around my friend! Though it is HOT and humid, but the storms (when they come) are so worth it…lol!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Since when has the weather stood between us camera junkies and the subjects?

  • Well let me tell you ……NEVER. I was in so much need for an outing that I was soaked by the time I got back to the truck. I swear the camera melted to my palm..lmao!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    HAHAHA, mine freezes to it in the winter.

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Very nice capture and story,thanks for sharing. We have some non native ones invading Florida they are huge attacking people and pets. One day i was checking my guava plant and a huge aguana startled me about a foot long…Hugs…Tom

  • I can only imagine the issues you have with the iguanas that are released by irresponsible pet owners. Breaks my heart to think of it. Thank you for your support Tom!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    What a splendid-looking fellow! Such a fine suit he’s wearing. Great surroundings to show him off as well. Well done.

  • He was a very handsome fella indeed. I was blown away by his size! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Well captured!
    He looks like he has borrowed someone else’s front legs, they look so different to the rest of him!

  • LOL< they do don’t they. he was a very BIG boy and I can’t help but wonder if he was one of mine……..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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