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Rhinoceros Iguana

Cyclura cornuta cornuta

  • Family: Iguanidae
  • Adult Size: 2 to 4 feet.
  • Range: The island of Hispaniola.
  • Habitat: Woodlands and rocky areas.
  • Captive Lifespan: 12 to 20 Years
  • Dangerous:
  • Care Level: Advanced

Overview

The rhinoceros iguana is one of the world's most magnificent iguanas. As its name implies, it is found on the island of Hispaniola. This species (as well as all other members of the genus Cyclura) are vulnerable due to their remote island habitats. Most Cyclura iguanas are listed as threatened or endangered.

The rhinoceros iguana is being kept in private collections in increasing numbers, and for good reason. Their large, impressive appearance make them a very desirable species to own. The disposition of this species can vary considerably. Some rhinoceros iguanas become extremely tame, while others can be extremely aggressive and inflict bites.

The rhinoceros iguana does best when housed in large, outdoor enclosures that allow it access to natural sunlight and high temperatures. A heated hidebox allows for thermoregulation during cool evenings and days. The rhinoceros iguana does best on a vegetarian diet consisting of collard greens, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, squash, parsley, figs, papaya and mango.

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