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ANEGADA GROUND IGUANA (Cyclura pinguis)

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ANEGADA GROUND IGUANA (Cyclura pinguis)
ANEGADA GROUND IGUANA (Cyclura pinguis)
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Description: Iguanas are among the world's most colorful animals. Some are bright green; some, golden yellow; and some, a rainbow of colors. While the body of the Anegada ground iguana is a dusky brown, its legs, dorsal spines and tail are sprinkled with an iridescent turquoise blue. This iguana species was once common across the islands of the Puerto Rican Bank, but is currently confined to the island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. The major threat to this species is predation by cats and dogs.

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IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

USFWS Status: Endangered

Major Threats: Predation by humans and their cats and dogs

Habitat: Rocky coasts

Location: Anegada Island in the British Virgin Islands

Diet: Mainly leaves and fruit


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