Sonoran black iguana

Ctenosaura hemilopha macrolopha

At the Detroit Zoo
The Sonoran black iguana can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the Detroit Zoo. There, visitors can learn about the 61 different species (and approximately 131 individuals) of reptiles at the Zoo, approximately 52 percent of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.

Sonoran black iguanas are predominantly black, but their dorsal surfaces may show black bands on a grayish background. Most have black mottling on their backs. The color may also lighten after basking in the sunlight, with yellowish and orange markings becoming evident along the sides. Their tails are ringed with rows of sharp, curved spines.

Fun Facts

  • The Sonoran black iguana is the fastest lizard on earth and has been recorded running at speeds of up to 30 mph.