It is threatened by habitat loss.
In the U.S.
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.
- The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
- Köhler, G. 2004. Ctenosaura defensor. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 28 July 2007.
- Detroit Free Press. 2010. Ice-trapped pollutants poison polar bears' diets. Downloaded on 26 August 2010.
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