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why is the bahamian rock iguana endangered

Threats to the species include habitat degradation, non-native species, illegal hunting and smuggling for the illicit pet trade. %PDF-1.4 %���� 0000027218 00000 n They must be here! For more information about these iguanas, please see my Exuma Iguana Awareness page. [5][6], This species only occurs in the southwestern Bahamas. [1], Mitochondrial DNA analysis by biologist Catherine Malone found its closest relatives to be Cyclura nubila on Cuba, and C. lewisi on Grand Cayman. 0000107860 00000 n 2,000 iguanas are the only land creatures that inhabit Little Water Cay. 0000107760 00000 n 2011. BACKGROUND:The Andros Island rock iguana is classified as Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The now endangered San Salvador rock iguana, Cyclura riyeli riyeli, and other Cyclura species were plentiful throughout the Bahamas before 1492, when European ships began introducing rats, pigs and other invasive species that feed on the lizards’ eggs. Effects of ecotourism on endangered Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas (Cyclura cychlura). 0000021996 00000 n All are protected by the Wild Animals Act, and the populations are listed as rare. “One of the cool things about iguanas is that they are survivors,” Martin says. Iguana Island in the Bahamas Exuma Archipelago. 0000001992 00000 n 0000002093 00000 n 0000028257 00000 n 0000061173 00000 n 0000063935 00000 n [2], This species, like other species of Cyclura, is sexually dimorphic; males are larger than females, and have more prominent femoral pores on their thighs which are used to release pheromones. Written in Rhyme. 0000033153 00000 n 0000046117 00000 n Arboreal creatures, … Habitat and distribution. 0000027889 00000 n In the Bahamas all of the Rock iguanas are protected by the Wild Animals (protection) Act, and they are all listed by CITES in Appendix 1 meaning they are near extinct or very endangered. 0000025732 00000 n The most threatened Bahamian iguanas are the San Salvador iguanas. [1], It lives in tropical dry forest, pine barrens, coastal coppice, mangrove and beach strand habitats. Swimming pigs get more headlines, but cute and chunky critters like this guy are no less worth checking out. Habitat set aside for the Critically Endangered Rock Iguana came under threat by plans for development. The populations from the Exumas were imperilled due to feral animals (goats), fires caused by tourists, and rapid private land acquisition (primarily for tourism purposes). 0000001480 00000 n The discovery of the first known fossil iguana nesting burrow, on an outer island of the Bahamas, fills in a gap of scientific knowledge for a prehistoric behavior of an iconic lizard. 0000069081 00000 n The biggest threat posed on Bahamian Rock Iguanas is hunting as the Caribbean iguana is still regularly sought-after for human consumption. Rock iguana populations have suffered due to habitat loss on their fragile islands, the introduction of predators such as dogs, goats and pigs, heavy illegal hunting, increasing contact with tourists and smuggling for the black-market pet trade. The population had decreased by at least 50% over the last 60 years. This is one of many Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas I encountered while island-hopping around the Exumas a couple years ago. [1], In 2004 the IUCN listed the main threats to this lizard depended on the islands where the different subspecies came from; with the Andros Island population to be threatened by logging, infrastructure development, feral animals and fires set for agricultural or crab-hunting reasons. The population had decreased by at least 50% over the last 60 years. � �`�28��e(goxa� �^q ��[V�3��ᬭ��8�v3�&;!8Qy��J����'tD� [2] According to a 2005 article in the magazine New Scientist C. lewisi may have diverged from C. nubila some 3 million years ago. The now endangered San Salvador rock iguana, Cyclura riyeli riyeli, and other Cyclura species were plentiful throughout the Bahamas before 1492, when European ships began introducing rats, pigs and other invasive species that feed on the lizards’ eggs. This poignant book shows why* and how we humans can help. Rock iguanas used to be eaten by early inhabitants of The Bahamas. “One of the cool things about iguanas is that they are survivors,” Martin says. 0000001387 00000 n 0000028356 00000 n Chuck Knapp: The northern Bahamian rock iguana is divided taxonomically into three subspecies. 18,000 years ago during the last Ice Age and the sea level was much lower, many of the islands of the Bahamas were connected to each other and this species probably existed in an unbroken population,[2] the relict populations now inhabit Andros Island and the Exuma islands. The endangered San Salvador Island rock iguana (Cyclura riyeli riyeli). Hines, KN. Facts Summary: The Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana (Cyclura cychlura) is a species of concern belonging in the species group "reptiles" and found in the following area(s): Bahamas. Its status on the IUCN Red List is vulnerable, with a wild population of less than 5,000 animals. 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