Central Florida’s subtropical climate is ideal for the black spiny-tailed iguana. Average temperatures range from the 60s to 70s°F (15 to 26°C) in winter and 80s to 90s°F (27 to 35°C) in summer. Annual rainfall averages 50+ inches, especially in Florida’s rainy season from May to October.
Abundant broadleaf trees, shrubs, and waterways provide food and habitat needed by these herbivorous, riparian lizards. Developments adjacent to natural areas allow black spiny-tailed iguanas to colonize backyards, parks, farms, and gardens in urbanized regions of Central Florida.
With high reproductive capacity and adaptability, black spiny-tailed iguanas proliferate rapidly in the subtropical Central Florida environment. Warm year-round temperatures, wet summers, and availability of diverse plants for forage create optimal conditions for these exotic reptiles to thrive.