In Yucatan it is known as “Tolok” to the iguana, being more specific to the species Black Iguana (Ctenosaura pectinata), the striped iguana (Ctenosaura similis) and the spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura defender).
The common name comes from the fact that the male iguano is known as Tóol and the female is known as Bílil. Although there is a huge variety of reptiles in the Yucatan Peninsula, there are only three species that can be called Tolok with justice: The main one is the Brown Basiliscus (Basiliscus vittatus), the Green Lizard (Laemanctus longipes) and the Green Lizard. helmet or Ya’axtolok (Laemanctus serratus).
Our Hotel takes that name in Honor to all the Tolok species that live in Isla Mujeres. In the areas of our hotel that are facing the sea it is possible that you can see a Tolok.
Below 9 interesting facts about this species
1- The reptile is accustomed to life on earth, although some live water.
2- They are oviparous.
3- Their blood is cold, that is why they require to expose themselves to the sun or to be in the water to conserve their temperature.
4- They do not have pores in the skin so they do not sweat.
5-Most are carnivores but there are also herbivores.
6- Carnivores to digest their food may take several days.
7-Some herbivores facilitate their digestion by eating stones.
8-Many spend long periods under water so their lungs are well adapted to change.
9-Tolok can be found in yards of homes or vacant land.