Fauna of the Cayman Islands: Blue Iguana, Cyclura Nubila Caymanensis, Drosophila Endobranchia, Florida Torpedo, Buffy Flower Bat, Cerion Nanus

9781156995334: Fauna of the Cayman Islands: Blue Iguana, Cyclura Nubila Caymanensis, Drosophila Endobranchia, Florida Torpedo, Buffy Flower Bat, Cerion Nanus

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 31. Chapters: Birds of the Cayman Islands, Monk Parakeet, Blue Iguana, List of birds of the Cayman Islands, Mourning Dove, Orchard Oriole, Cyclura nubila caymanensis, Blue-winged Warbler, Cuban Amazon, Swainson's Warbler, Northern Flicker, Florida torpedo, White-winged Dove, White-eyed Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Drosophila endobranchia, Saffron Finch, Grand Cayman Thrush, West Indian Woodpecker, Greater Antillean Grackle, Cuban Bullfinch, Caribbean Dove, Jamaican Oriole, Loggerhead Kingbird, Vitelline Warbler, Buffy Flower Bat, Cerion nanus. Excerpt: The Blue Iguana or Grand Cayman Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) is a critically endangered species of lizard of the genus Cyclura endemic to the island of Grand Cayman. Previously listed as a subspecies of the Cuban Iguana, it was reclassified as a separate species in 2004 because of genetic differences discovered four years earlier. The Blue Iguana is one of the longest-living species of lizard (possibly up to 69 years). The record is 67 years. The Blue Iguana prefers dwelling in rocky, sunlit, open areas in dry forests or near the shore, as the females must dig holes in the sand to lay eggs in June and July. A possible second clutch is laid in September. The Blue Iguana's vegetarian diet includes plants, fruits, and flowers. Its coloration is tan to gray with a bluish cast that is more pronounced during the breeding season and more so in males. It is large and heavy-bodied with a dorsal crest of short spines running from the base of the neck to the end of the tail. The fossil record indicates that the Blue Iguana was abundant before European colonization; but fewer than 15 animals remained in the wild by 2003, and this wild population was predicted to become extinct within the first decade of the 21st century. The species' decline is mainly being ...

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