Yucatán spiny-tailed iguana

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Yucatán spiny-tailed iguana
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Cachryx
C. defensor
Binomial name
Cachryx defensor
Cope, 1866[2]
  • Ctenosaura defensor (Cope, 1866)
  • Enyaliosaurus defensor (Cope, 1866)

The Yucatán spiny-tailed iguana (Cachryx defensor) is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It is endemic to Mexico.


Its natural habitat is tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests.

Conservation status[edit]

It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

In the United States[edit]

A foot-long specimen was found scurrying across a loading dock on July 29, 2010 at Ford Motor Co.'s Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The creature was a stowaway in parts crates shipped from the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The creature was moved to an enclosure at the Detroit Zoo which it will share with a female black iguana.[5]


  1. ^ a b Köhler, G. 2004. Ctenosaura defensor. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 July 2007.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Cachryx defensor at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "Integrated Taxonomic Information System". www.itis.gov. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ Detroit Free Press. 2010. Scaly stowaway in auto parts finds home at the zoo. Downloaded on 26 August 2010.