There are some new scaly additions to the Aquarium’s Madagascar Journey Exhibit. Spiny tail iguanas are now making friends with our spider tortoises. We decided to put them on exhibit to show even more of the incredible diversity that lives on Madagascar. This iguana species is actually very social; they live in colonies ruled by a pecking order.

They can get up to more than a foot long and actually change color, inflate their body, and do “push-ups” to defend their territory! They get the name spiny tail iguana because of ringed rows of sharp, curved spines on their tails. Be sure to stop by the Spider Tortoise Exhibit in Madagascar Journey and say “hi” to our new reptile residents!