Spiny-tailed Iguanas

(Ctenosaura sp.)

Pied PArents
 Parents of some of our Pied Breeders

We began working with Spiny-tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura species) in 2001 with the purchase of some juvenile wild collected Mexican Banded Spinytails C. similis - from a feral population in S. Florida. They are a very attractive but poor tempered species and we eventually chose to pass on continuing the project. In 2003 we decided to look at  C. pectinata which was reputed to be much calmer. They proved much more pleasant to work with but our line had fertility issues that made them frustrating as a breeding project. We then gave C. melanosterna, the Black Chested blue backed Iguana a try. They were an interesting mix of the previous two species being pretty much intermediate  in all respects. They were still a little flighty for my tastes so ended that project in 2012.  We have since worked with Clubtails (C. quinquecarinata) and a stray C. conspiculosa, but none really had the temperament of the C pectinatas.  So we obtained 2 new "domestic" bloodlines, a Pied Strain from a Mexican breeder and a few "Tiger Banana's" from a U.S, breeder.  A couple of  the Pieds have a shot at breeding for 2018 so we'll see how it goes. 

We rear them on the same base diet as our Uromastyx (see our care sheet for Uromastyx) but with the occasional insect added (they grow much better with the added protein but become very aggressive feeders at feeding time). We also drop the ambient temperatures to the mid 90's. We bed them on coconut husk chunks or Melaleuca mulch ( similar to cypress mulch) and occasionally mist their cages with water (weekly as hatchlings, much less so as they mature).  We also give them taller habitats with large branches for climbing and basking (see photos).  We do a mild cool down and shorten our day length for winter to help cycle them for breeding but otherwise treat them the same care wise year -round.



Tiger Bananas  
 Tiger morph parent of our Tiger Stock "Norbert" Our1st Breeder Banana Pectinata



Norberts 1st breeding   1st hatch
 Norbert's 1st breeding Our first DDF produced Banana Iguana 2009



 Rearing Pens (upper Vision Tanks) Inside of  C Pectinata setup



Main Iguana rearing pens.

 We've set up a group of 4' x 2 1/2' x 3' tall Vision tanks to rear out breeding pairs from our 2016 purchased hatchlings.  We'll add top-entry nest boxes in late February and see if we can get a couple pairs to do the deed. We don't take deposits but fill "Wanted" lists on a first come, first served basis.



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