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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 planet. they seem to be a flagship species within the Caribbean and on so much islands are the most important homeland animals. regrettably, human encroachment and brought animals have introduced this species to the threshold of extinction. Cyclura: traditional historical past, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the 1st publication to mix the traditional historical past and captive husbandry of those awesome reptiles, whereas whilst outlining the issues researchers and conservationists are scuffling with to save lots of those appealing, 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 stories with wild iguanas and their beautiful photographs of those charismatic lizards within the wild make this publication a must have for reptile researchers, teachers and fanatics, in addition to a person attracted to nature and conservation.Includes chapters with contributions through major specialists on rock iguana taxonomy, nutrients, and ailments beneficial properties colour images 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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This subspecies of C. cychlura has four rows of scales between the prefrontal shields and frontal scale, one azygous scale in the prefrontal suture, and six scales between the anterior canthal scales. There are nine superciliaries, 14 suboculars to the anterior border of the tympanum, and two postmental scales. 9) scales around the tail in the fifth caudal verticil (Schwartz and Carey, 1977). This subspecies lacks the horn-like frontal or prefrontal scales, and the rostral scale is in contact with the nasal scales (Iverson, 2000).

Low densities and the fact that juvenile recruitment is depressed due to predation by feral animals suggest a senescent population on Mona. The greatest threat to Mona Island iguanas is feral cats that prey on juveniles. Feral pigs feed heavily on iguana eggs and in some areas have been known to predate up to 100% of nests (Wiewandt, 1977). Introduced goats also feed heavily on iguana food plants. Since 1999, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources and the Environment has been managing the Mona Island iguana population.

Andros Island lies on the western edge of the Great Bahama Bank and is a composite of three large islands (North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros) and numerous smaller islands separated by tidal channels. The preferred habitat of this iguana is under the open canopy of the pine barrens, where limestone karst rock provides adequate shelter. Shrublands, mangrove, and closed canopy pine barrens are also used by iguanas (Knapp, 2005a). 15). Andros iguanas are herbivorous, and feed on the fruits, flowers, and leaves of a variety of plants.

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