Rock iguanas of the West Indies are considered to be the most endangered group of lizards in the world. They are a flagship species in the Caribbean and on most islands are the largest native land animals. Unfortunately, human encroachment and introduced animals have brought this species to the brink of extinction. "Cyclura: Natural History, Husbandry, and Conservation of the West Indian Iguanas" is the first book to combine the natural history and captive husbandry of these remarkable reptiles, while at the same time outlining the problems researchers and conservationists are battling to save these beautiful, iconic animals of the Caribbean islands.
Authors Jeffrey Lemm and Allison Alberts have been studying West Indian iguanas for nearly 20 years in the wild and in captivity; their experiences with wild iguanas and their exquisite photos of these charismatic lizards in the wild make this book a must-have for reptile researchers, academics and enthusiasts, as well as anyone interested in nature and conservation. This title includes chapters with contributions by leading experts on rock iguana taxonomy, nutrition, and diseases. It features color photos of all taxa, including habitat and captive shots. It provides easily understandable and usable information gleaned from experience and hands-on reptile research.
Part 1. Evolution and Biogeography
Part 2. Species Accounts
Part 3. Natural History
Part 4. Captive Management
Part 5. Nutrition
Part 6. Health and Medical Management
Part 7. Conservation