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)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

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)
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)
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

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


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