Cyclura: Natural History, Husbandry, and Conservation of by Jeffrey Lemm, Allison C. Alberts

By Jeffrey Lemm, Allison C. Alberts

Rock iguanas of the West Indies are thought of to be the main endangered workforce of lizards on the planet. they're a flagship species within the Caribbean and on so much islands are the most important place of origin animals. regrettably, human encroachment and brought animals have introduced this species to the edge of extinction. Cyclura: common historical past, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the 1st ebook to mix the traditional background and captive husbandry of those extraordinary reptiles, whereas even as outlining the issues researchers and conservationists are combating to save lots of those attractive, iconic animals of the Caribbean islands. Authors Jeffrey Lemm and Allison Alberts were learning West Indian iguanas for almost two decades within the wild and in captivity; their reviews with wild iguanas and their beautiful pictures of those charismatic lizards within the wild make this booklet essential for reptile researchers, lecturers and fans, in addition to somebody drawn to nature and conservation.Includes chapters with contributions by way of prime specialists on rock iguana taxonomy, nutrients, and illnesses good points colour photographs of all taxa, together with habitat and captive shotsProvides simply comprehensible and usable info gleaned from event and hands-on reptile learn

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In this location, the species is sympatric with Ricord’s iguana (C. ricordii). Rhinoceros iguanas are most abundant in xeric, rocky habitats with an elevational range of À35 meters (on Isla Cabritos) to 400 meters. They are found in a variety of habitats, including thorn scrub woodlands, dry forests, and semideciduous to subtropical moist forests (Ottenwalder, 2000a). They shelter in rock crevices or self-dug burrows, as well as hollow tree trunks and caves. The Rhinoceros iguana is primarily herbivorous, but like most rock iguanas, probably feeds on some animal matter, especially caterpillars and pupae.

8 cm SVL (Vogel, 2000). This species was once common throughout many parts of Jamaica, but began to decline dramatically during the second half of the nineteenth century after the introduction of the Indian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) as a form of rat and snake control. At the beginning of the 1900s the iguana was thought to still survive on the Goat Islands, but was believed to be extinct by the 1940s. In 1970, a pig hunter stumbled across an iguana carcass in the Hellshire Hills, but no live animals were found.

Cychlura) and the Exuma Island iguana (C. c. , 2003). , 2003; Malone and Davis, 2004). As a species, C. cychlura is most closely related to C. , 2000). org). It is also listed as Endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, all Bahamian rock iguanas are protected under the Bahamas Wild Animals Protection Act of 1968. 42 2. SPECIES ACCOUNTS GRAND CAYMAN BLUE IGUANA (Cyclura lewisi) Grant, 1940 Synonyms: Cyclura nubila lewisi, Grant, 1940; Cyclura macleayi lewisi, Grant, 1940; Cyclura lewisi, Burton, 2004a Description The Grand Cayman Blue iguana (C.

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