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 team of lizards on this planet. they're a flagship species within the Caribbean and on so much islands are the biggest place of origin animals. regrettably, human encroachment and brought animals have introduced this species to the edge of extinction. Cyclura: normal heritage, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the 1st publication to mix the normal historical past and captive husbandry of those striking reptiles, whereas while outlining the issues researchers and conservationists are scuffling with 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 studies with wild iguanas and their beautiful pictures of those charismatic lizards within the wild make this booklet a must have for reptile researchers, teachers and fans, in addition to an individual drawn to nature and conservation.Includes chapters with contributions by way of prime specialists on rock iguana taxonomy, food, and ailments good points colour pictures of all taxa, together with habitat and captive shotsProvides simply comprehensible and usable details gleaned from event and hands-on reptile learn

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Rhinoceros iguanas are the most common rock iguana species in captivity, both in zoos and private collections. Breeding and release programs managed by ZooDom in Santo Domingo have been used to supplement wild iguana populations for many years. Current distributions and population estimates are being assessed by Grupo Jaragua and other Dominican conservation groups. Taxonomic Notes The subspecies of the Rhinoceros iguana (cornuta, stejnegeri, and onchiopsis) are most closely related to the Turks and Caicos iguana (C.

21 Allen Cays iguana (Cyclura cychlura inornata). Photo by John Iverson. , 2006a). 9 kg (J. Iverson, personal communication). Although males grow larger than females, they are nearly identical in appearance, which is unique among rock iguanas. The Allen Cays iguana is the most northern member of the genus and was nearly extirpated in the 1900s due to heavy hunting pressure by humans for food. By 1970, about 150 lizards remained on Leaf and U Cays. Today it is estimated that approximately 500 adult animals exist in the wild.

Because Blue iguanas survive at such low densities, it is difficult to establish just how territorial this species is. It is presumed that males become more aggressive and territorial during the breeding season. Animals at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Grand Cayman were fitted with radiotransmitters and tracked in 2004. 4 acres (Burton, 2006). Home ranges overlapped, and population density at the park was 4e5 animals per hectare. Interestingly, iguanas at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park also preferred modified habitat to natural habitat, and used artificial retreats more often than natural ones.

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