The Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana, also called the Black Iguana, is
native to mangrove swamps on the tiny Honduran island of
Utila. Unfortunately these mangroves are being cleared away
for the development of beach hotels and scuba diving
holidays and the iguana's survival is threatened.
The only iguana living in mangrove swamps, it is mostly
arboreal. It is mainly vegetarian, eating leaves, fruit and
flowers, but also eats insects and aquatic fauna.
The males have longer crests than the females and can grow up
to 30 inches. The babies are the only iguanas to be black
(or dark grey) on hatching.