Ctenosaura Quinquecarinata (Club-Tail Iguana) Care Sheet

Locale: Costa Rica and Nicaragua

The Club-Tail Iguana is heavily armored with five rings of spines forming longitudinal ridges. Males of the species grow to a length of 35 centimeters (14 in) whereas females attain 18.5 centimeters (7.3 in). In captivity, they can grow up to 18 inches with a lifespan of about 10 – 15 years.  Like most Ctenosaura the iguanas are born a bright green color fading to brown as the animal ages. The females tend to turn a uniform drab brown in color, and males develop tones of black, blue and yellow on their bodies and heads over the brown background.

Basic Care:

Club-tailed iguanas are omnivorous (eat both plant and animal matter). Their diet should include vegetables, fruit, insects, and prepared foods (such as canned lizard food).  Dark leafy greens like collards, dandelion greens, parsley and kale are good choices. Feeding spinach may cause calcium binding and Romaine provides little nutrition.  For watering, use a spray bottle, aim the water at the glass, so the iguana can lap up the water droplets. This method also helps keep the humidity level up as well.  All iguanas require ultraviolet lighting to maintain good health. Ultraviolet lighting is recommended for 10 - 12 hours per day with basking areas of up to 100 F; gradient from high 70s to mid 90s during the day, low 70s to low 80s at night. The humidity should be 50-75%. Make sure to house your iguana in a 40 to 50 gallon aquarium with a screen lid.  It is essential for proper air exchange.  Also, place the habitat in a warm area out of direct sunlight.  Cork bark can be added as low hiding areas and provide multiple climbing branches for your iguana.


Specimens of this species are extremely rare and sought-after by collectors.




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