Biodiversity catalog

Black-Chested Spiny-Tailed Iguana
Ctenosaura melanosterna
jamo negro
Ctenosaura melanosterna

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The black-chested spiny-tailed iguana, also known as the “cayos cochinos iguana”, is a species endemic to Honduras. The iguana inhabits tropical and subtropical dry forest, and uses hollow logs and rock crevices for shelter. It is an endangered species because it is hunted heavily for food—including its eggs—and the pet trade. It’s habitat is also being destroyed as land is converted to cattle ranching and industrial agriculture.