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 the earth. they're a flagship species within the Caribbean and on such a lot islands are the biggest place of birth animals. regrettably, human encroachment and brought animals have introduced this species to the threshold of extinction. Cyclura: usual historical past, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the 1st booklet to mix the usual heritage and captive husbandry of those notable reptiles, whereas whilst outlining the issues researchers and conservationists are struggling 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 twenty years within the wild and in captivity; their reports with wild iguanas and their beautiful photographs of those charismatic lizards within the wild make this e-book essential for reptile researchers, lecturers and fans, in addition to an individual attracted to nature and conservation.Includes chapters with contributions by way of best specialists on rock iguana taxonomy, foodstuff, and illnesses positive factors colour images of all taxa, together with habitat and captive shotsProvides simply comprehensible and usable details gleaned from event and hands-on reptile examine

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Females often defend the nests aggressively. Photo by Chuck Knapp. 34 2. SPECIES ACCOUNTS Taxonomic Notes The Andros Island iguana is most closely related to the other C. cychlura subspecies, the Exuma Island iguana (C. c. figginsi) and the Allen Cays iguana (C. c. inornata). Because the Andros population was fragmented from the Bahama Bank after the Pleistocene glacial maximum sea level, it is phylogenetically distinct from the Exuma Cay populations. As a species, C. cychlura is most closely related to the C.

Body color varies among island populations from gray or tan to brown or dull green. In some populations, the head and neck have a vermiculated pattern. Juveniles are gray with 4e6 anterior brown crossbars that do not extend onto the sides and fade laterally, growing fainter with age. The generic name Cyclura is derived from the Greek words cyclos, meaning circular, and urus, meaning tail, after the thick-ringed tail characteristic of all iguanas in the genus. The specific name carinata means keeled, and refers to the animal’s scale type.

20). 6 g and measured 11 cm SVL and had a tail length of 28 cm (Coenen, 1995). Taxonomic Notes The Exuma Island iguana is most closely related to the other C. cychlura subspecies, the Andros Island iguana (C. c. cychlura) and the Allen Cays iguana (C. c. , 2003). , 2003; Malone and Davis, 2004). As a species, C. cychlura is most closely related to the C. , 2000). org). It is also listed as Critically 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.

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