Black-chested Spiny-tailed Iguana

Central America


Ctenosaura melanosterna


The primary threat to the Black-chested Spiny-tailed Iguana is habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Ctenosaura melanosterna, commonly known as the black-chested spiny-tailed iguana or Honduran spinytailed iguana, is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It is endemic to Honduras. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests.

The Ctenosaura melanosterna is endangered due to it being prey of the Boa constrictor; with this snake having no natural predators, there is nothing to limit the amount of Ctenosaura melanosterna being consumed. The green iguana, the Iguana iguana is also much more numerous throughout Central America, thus making it much more difficult to compete for food and fitness is decreased as a result. The Ctenosaura melanosterna is also endangered by human activities, as humans poach these iguanas and their eggs for consumption.