Neotropical, Nearctic: C. pectinata
is native of western Mexico, but has been introduced in extreme
south Texas and southeastern Florida.
Physical characteristics: Large
lizard reaching up to 48 inches. The color of its body is gray,
brown, or yellow-brown with faint crossbars on body. Ventral surface
is yellow or olive. Tail has bands of yellow and brown. Head is
broad with tapering snout. Scales small and smooth. As many other
species of Iguanidae it has a row of keeled scales down the length
of back and tail. The keeled scales on tail form rings. Its tail
is long - up to twice the length of the head and body. Toes are
long and have sharp claws.
Food habits: It mostly feeds on
vegetation, leaves, flowers, stems, and fruit, but will eat small
Reproduction: Breeding occurs
in early spring and egg clutches are laid in April and May. The
female lays up to 50 eggs in burrows.
Behavior: This diurnal lizard
is very wary and will hide under rocks or wood or climb a tree if
approached. It employs head bobbing for territorial and breeding
Habitat: This lizard occupies
a sandy or rocky habitat with plenty of crevices to hide in. It
has been seen on rock walls and in tree hollows, as well as on rock
piles, wood piles and trash piles.
Biomes: tropical deciduous forest
Conservation: Populations are threatened
by habitat destruction and ilegal trade.