Jamaican Iguana


Scientific name : Cyclura collei

Family : Iguanidae

Native to : Jamaica

Interesting fact : In 1940, Jamaican iguanas were considered extinct and were later re-discovered in 1990.

Conservation status : Critically Endangered

Jamaica’s largest native land animal is the Jamaican iguana and is one of the ten species of rock iguanas. Comb-like scales run down from head to tail. They grow to 42 cm in length and can change their body colour for camouflage and protection from their predator, the mongoose. This vegetarian eats leaves, fruits and flowers, and lives in limestone forests.

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