Aruba Lizards

by Jeffrey S. Pippen | Jeff's Herps Page | Jeff's Nature Page | Aruba Butterflies | Aruba Dragonflies| Aruba Birds

Some of the most visible of all the wildlife in Aruba are the lizards. Aruba boasts several species of lizards and some of these are quite common and tame around the resorts and hotels.


Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
1 June 2015

Very common around the island, including on the grounds & swimming pool areas of the resorts & hotels.

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
13 June 2011

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
14 June 2011

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
21 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Both sexes have the brilliant aqua spots, but females have a brown background color.

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
13 June 2011

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
17 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
18 June 2013

Male and female together

Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
2 June 2015
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
18 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
18 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis) Aruban Whiptail (Cnemidophorus arubensis)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

This youngster found a nice place to sunbathe.


Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata) Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata)
Palm Beach, Aruba
17 June 2011

Very common around the island, including on the grounds & swimming pool areas of the resorts & hotels.

Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata) Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata)
Palm Beach, Aruba
17 June 2011

Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata) Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata)
Palm Beach, Aruba
17 June 2011

Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata) Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

It probably derives its scientific name from the touch of two colors on the nose.

Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata) Cope's Ameiva (Ameiva bifrontata)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Striped Anole (Anolis lineata) Striped Anole, Waltaka (Anolis lineata)
Bubali Sanctuary, Aruba
1 June 2015

Endemic to Aruba and Curacao

Striped Anole (Anolis lineata) Striped Anole, Waltaka (Anolis lineata)
Bubali Sanctuary, Aruba
1 June 2015

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Color of Green Iguanas is actually variable from green to brown to gray to even reddish-orange. Males have longer and thicker dorsal spines than females.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Green Iguanas spent most nights in treetops.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Since they're mostly vegetarian, I wasn't worried about my toes :-)

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Green Iguana with an Aruban Whiptail.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

At least in Aruba, the smaller iguanas were much brighter green.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

This one, however, spent each day at the "over 21" pool...

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Long toes with sharp claws allow for easy tree-climbing. Iguanas are very good swimmers, too, but they swim using their strong tails; they don't use their legs or feet for swimming.

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013

Iguanas are vegetarians and enjoy a variety of leaves, including lettuce from kids!

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
22 June 2013
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
2 June 2015
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
2 June 2015
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Palm Beach, Aruba
2 June 2015


Aruba Snakes

There are only three species of snakes found on the island of Aruba: Baker's Cat-eyed Snakes, Aruba Rattlesnake, and Boa Constrictor.
Baker's Cat-eyed Snake(Leptodeira bakeri) Baker's Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira bakeri)
Captive display at Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015

Harmless to humans, these snakes feed mostly on small lizards and other small animals.


Aruba Rattlesnake, Cascabel (Crotalus unicolor) Aruba Rattlesnake, Cascabel (Crotalus durissus unicolor)
Captive display at Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015

Although venemous, these attractive snakes are important members of the Aruba ecosystem. They are protected by law and are critically endangered due to very low population numbers. Some authorities classify them as their own species, Crotalus unicolor.


Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015

These beautiful and often gentle snakes were introduced to the island of Aruba a few decades ago and unfortunately have thrived there, causing a serious decline in native fauna, particularly lizards and small mammals. They are not venomous and are not dangerous to humans.

Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015
Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015
Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor) Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015

Boas blend in well with twisting vines and other stems.

Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor)
Arakok National Park, Aruba
4 June 2015

Yours truly finds and captures a Boa with the help of our guide, Rolly!



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