Ctenosaura defensor

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Ctenosaura defensor
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Ctenosaura
Species: C. defensor
Binomial name
Ctenosaura defensor
(Cope, 1866)
  • Cachryx defensor Cope, 1866 [1]
  • Ctenosaura defensor
    Günther, 1890
  • Enyaliosaurus defensor
    H.M. Smith & Taylor, 1950
  • Ctenosaura defensor – Liner, 1994
  • Ctenosaura (Enyaliosaurus) defensor – Köhler, 2000[1]

Ctenosaura defensor, commonly known as the Yucatán spiny-tailed iguana, 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.

In the U.S.[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, MI. 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.


  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.