Learn About Lizards

The information here is mainly focused on our local Iguana's of the three islands.



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    Cyclura nubila, also known as the Cuban Rock Iguana or Cuban Iguana is an endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura. It is the largest of the West Indian rock iguanas, one of the most globally endangered groups of lizards in the world. This species is one of the largest native land vertebrates in the Caribbean and contains one subspecies found on the "Sister Islands": Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Primarily herbivorous, the Cuban Iguana is distributed throughout the rocky southern coastal areas of mainland Cuba and its surrounding islets with a feral population thriving on Isla Magueyes, Puerto Rico. Unlike most iguanids, females guard their nest sites and often nest in proximity to Cuban Crocodiles. It makes its home within or in close proximity to prickly-pear cacti. Although the wild population is in decline due to predation by feral animals and habitat loss because of human agricultural development, recovery is ongoing by means of in-situ and ex-situ captive-breeding and headstarting conservation programs.


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    Rock iguanas of the West Indies are considered to be the most endangered group of lizards in the world. They are a flagship species in the Caribbean and on most islands are the largest native land animals. Unfortunately, human encroachment and introduced animals have brought this species to the brink of extinction. Cyclura: Natural History, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the first book to combine the natural history and captive husbandry of these remarkable reptiles, while at the same time outlining the problems researchers and conservationists are battling to save these beautiful, iconic animals of the Caribbean islands.

Authors Jeffrey Lemm and Allison Alberts have been studying West Indian iguanas for nearly 20 years in the wild and in captivity; their experiences with wild iguanas and their exquisite photos of these charismatic lizards in the wild make this book a must-have for reptile researchers, academics and enthusiasts, as well as anyone interested in nature and conservation.

  • Includes chapters with contributions by leading experts on rock iguana taxonomy, nutrition, and diseases

  • Features color photos of all taxa, including habitat and captive shots

  • Provides easily understandable and usable information gleaned from experience and hands-on reptile research


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