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 earth. 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: average historical past, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas is the 1st booklet to mix the traditional background and captive husbandry of those notable reptiles, whereas even as outlining the issues researchers and conservationists are combating 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 studies with wild iguanas and their beautiful images of those charismatic lizards within the wild make this booklet essential for reptile researchers, lecturers and fanatics, in addition to a person attracted to nature and conservation.Includes chapters with contributions by means of top specialists on rock iguana taxonomy, nutrients, and illnesses gains colour photographs of all taxa, together with habitat and captive shotsProvides simply comprehensible and usable details gleaned from adventure and hands-on reptile learn
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Extra info for Cyclura: Natural History, Husbandry, and Conservation of West Indian Rock Iguanas
4) scales around the tail in the fifth caudal verticil (Schwartz and Carey, 1977). Body color is variable between populations. Animals from Bitter Guana and Gaulin Cays are dull gray-brown above with white or light red dorsal crest scales. The head scales are usually tinged in black with orange on the snout and infralabials (Schwartz and Carey, 1977; Knapp, 2000a). Adults from Guana Cay are dull black with diffuse pale white ventral and gular coloration. Upper labial, temporal, parietal, nuchal, and ocular scales may be light blue in color, while dorsal crest scales are either scarlet or gray tinged with red (Knapp, 2000a).
Body size is sexually dimorphic. The Andros iguana is the only Bahamian iguana not restricted to small cays (Knapp, 2005a). Due to the difficulty of surveying in rugged terrain and shallow water channels, the true distribution and number of iguanas that remain is unknown. 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.
According to Burton (2004a), Schwartz and Carey identified no uniquely diagnostic scale characters. Burton notes that scalation of the head can sometimes distinguish lewisi from C. nubila and C. n. caymanensis; in most caymanensis, the fourth enlarged auricle spine is absent, and the second and third tend to be separated by one or more rows of small scales, leaving a gap between the third and fifth auricle. Also the second pair of prefrontals is absent in most individuals. Burton (2004a) also states that the easiest way to distinguish C.