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Jamaican Endangered Species: Jamaican Iguana

Animal

Jamaican iguana is an endemic Jamaican iguana. The iguana, which is on the verge of extinction and is said to have become extinct between 1948 and 1990, has since been confirmed to inhabit. However, even so, the iguana has a very small population and is still in danger of extinction. Habitat destruction and predation by carnivores are the greatest threats, and dogs, cats and mongooses eat iguanas. It is currently an endangered species.

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Habitat

Jamaican iguana inhabits only Jamaica.

Characteristic

Jamaican iguana has a total length of 30-40 cm. Jamaican iguana can only be seen in Jamaica. Current habitat is limited to the forests of Helsher Hills. The forehead plate is small, and there are no small scales between the left and right forehead plates. There are small scales between the scales on the tip of the snout and the scales that open the nostrils. The Jamaican Tutsi Announcer is a large, heavy-bodied lizard, mainly green to salty blue with dark green shoulders. Jamaican iguana is the second largest terrestrial animal native to Jamaica.

Ecology

Jamaican iguana has a strong tendency to eat plants, and mainly eats leaves, flowers, and shellfish. The breeding style is oviparous. Every year around June, it lays about 6-20 eggs at a time. Eggs hatch in 85-87 days. After hatching, the child grows up while being protected by the mother.

Endangered species

Jamaican iguana used to be abundant throughout Jamaica. However, foreigners brought in carnivorous animals and became predated. It was believed that dogs, cats, and mongooses began to eat and their numbers dropped sharply, and they became extinct in 1948. In 1990, it was confirmed that this iguana was alive by chance, and it has begun to re-breed. Jamaican iguana was listed in CITES Annex II for the genus Iguana in 1977 and in CITES Annex I for the genus Iguana in 1981. In addition, this iguana has been designated as an endangered species. This iguana is tightly protected and is attempting to rebreed.

Breeding

Jamaican iguana is quite small in number and exports are restricted, making it quite difficult for the average person to breed. Watch at the zoo or go to Jamaica.

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