Madagascar Collared Iguana Oplurus cuvieri

Madagascar Collared Iguana
Madagascar Collared Iguana
Madagascar Collared Iguana
The Madagascar Collared Iguana, also called Cuivier's Madagascan Swift and Collared Iguanid Lizard, is one of two spiny-tailed, arboreal iguanas native to Madagascar.
Madagascar Collared Iguana
Madagascar Collared Iguana
Madagascar Collared Iguana
It reaches 40cm length and lives in western tropical forests of Madagascar. There is also a subspecies on Grand Comore Island. It is a close relative of Merrem's Madagascar swift, Oplurus cyclurus.
Iguana's/iguanid lizards are mainly found in the Americas but some remained on the island of Madagascar millions of years ago when continents where arranged differently than today.