Mexican Spinytail Iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata)

Origin: Mexico
Sighted at: Key West Bight, Key West, Florida

Well! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Happy 2015!

I went to the Keys to see my family over the Christmas holiday, and spent as much time as I could out on the water or on the beach. On a return trip from snorkeling at the coral reef, I spotted some iguanas, lazily sunning themselves on the rocks!

This is the smaller of the pair – the larger was easily three or four times as big, but I didn’t get a good picture of that brute. (I did get this majestic shot of a green iguana during a kayak trip on another day, though!) This little lady (the ladies have green markings) is one of three different iguana species that have invaded the Keys. They’re actually something of a nuisance, and not at all part of the local eco-system, but everything else in Key West is screwy, too, so iguanas get a pass.

I took a few pictures with a cheap underwater camera during the snorkeling trip – hopefully one or two of them will be worth looking at once they’re developed!