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Tuesday, November 3 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Captive Breeding and Husbandry Techniques of Rhinoceros Iguanas (Cyclura cornuta)

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Christopher Pellecchia, Jacksonville State University

Rock Iguanas, Cyclura spp., are an increasingly rare group of lizards, endemic to the dry, rocky forest habitat of the Caribbean Islands. Conservation organizations, zoos, and local governments have made great strides over the past few decades in their efforts to preserve this genus of reptiles in its natural habitat. However, several of these species, classified as critically endangered, required “headstart” programs to revive functionally extinct Cyclura populations. Proper captive husbandry techniques are the foundation of a successful captive breeding program for any rare species. One of these species, the Rhinoceros Iguana, Cyclura cornuta, is a large, heavy-bodied, lizard found only on the island of Hispaniola. This charismatic and complex species may live up to 70 years, which requires diligence and commitment by any animal caretaker. This presentation will briefly outline the minimum care requirements for the proper care and successful breeding of Rhinoceros Iguanas in captivity. These care methods may be applied directly to any other species of Rock Iguana or altered as a template for use with other species of rare reptiles.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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