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Endangered Iguanas Health Compromised By Being Fed By Tourists
2013-12-06 05:54:37

Oxford University Press Feeding wildlife is an increasingly common tourist activity, but a new study published online today by the journal Conservation Physiology shows that already-imperilled iguanas are suffering further physiological problems as a result of being fed by tourists. Charles Knapp, PhD, of the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and colleagues compared the differences in physiological values and endoparasitic infection rates between northern Bahamian rock iguanas...

2011-07-19 09:35:00

Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and other members of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program close to saving reptile on Grand Cayman While thousands of species are threatened with extinction around the globe, efforts to save the Grand Cayman blue iguana represent a rarity in conservation: a chance for complete recovery, according to health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and other members of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Coordinated by the National Trust for...

2010-01-12 08:11:26

Scientists have long puzzled over how iguanas, a group of lizards mostly found in the Americas, came to inhabit the isolated Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga. For years, the leading explanation has been that progenitors of the island species must have rafted there, riding across the Pacific on a mat of vegetation or floating debris. But new research in the January issue of The American Naturalist suggests a more grounded explanation. Using the latest genetic, geological and fossil data,...

2009-07-26 13:36:44

The author of a new cookbook says residents of Florida should begin eating iguanas to avoid a possible population explosion of the animals. The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Friday that with several reptile species breeding in the wild throughout Florida, cookbook author George Cera wants iguanas on Florida residents' plates rather than loose in the wild. Listen,'' the author of The Iguana Cookbook: Save Florida"¦ Eat an Iguana said. In Central America, in South America, in...

2008-12-17 00:23:18

Police and wildlife officials said they were scrambling to catch or kill a 4-foot iguana spotted in a Honolulu neighborhood. Authorities said the invasive reptile, which is illegal to keep in Hawaii, was first reported by resident Marc Inouye, who said he saw the green beast sunning itself in an area with tropical rain forest-type conditions, KITV in Honolulu reported Wednesday. I was shocked, shocked. I have never seen that type of reptile out here, Inouye said. State Agriculture Department...

2008-09-23 12:00:28

U.S. and Australian scientists say they've discovered a new iguana species in the central regions of Fiji. The new iguana -- Brachylophus bulabula -- joins only two other living Pacific iguana species, one of which is critically endangered. The scientific name bulabula is a doubling of bula, the Fijian word for "hello." The U.S. Geological Survey, which led the study with scientists from Australia's National University and Macquarie University -- said the two other Pacific iguana species...

2008-09-20 08:40:00

A new iguana has been discovered in the central regions of Fiji.  The colorful new species, named Brachylophus bulabula, joins only two other living Pacific iguana species, one of which is critically endangered. The scientific name bulabula is a doubling of bula, the Fijian word for "Ëœhello,' offering an even more enthusiastic greeting. Pacific iguanas have almost disappeared as the result of human presence. Two species were eaten to extinction after people arrived nearly...

Latest Iguana Reference Libraries

2007-04-18 14:23:24

The Blue Iguana, Cyclura lewisi, is a critically endangered species of lizard that is found on the island of Grand Cayman. It is estimated that only 25 of these animals still survive. It is expected that the population will be extinct within the first decade of the twenty-first century. The demise of this animal is due largely in fact to the introduction of human pets and indirectly by the destruction of their natural habitat. Blue Iguanas occupy rock hole and tree cavity retreats, and as...

2007-04-18 14:19:30

The Fiji Banded Iguana, Brachylophus fasciatus, is found in Fiji, Tonga and other pacific islands. It is believed to have evolved from the Green Iguana from the Americas. Male banded iguanas are emerald green with light bluish bands. Females are solid green with occasional spots. Both have red-orange eyes and yellow nostrils. It is endangered due to habitat loss and the introduction of predators.

2005-06-22 14:09:09

The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal lizard from Central and South America. They are typically about 2 meters in length from head to tail and can weigh up to 5 kg. It is possible to determine the sex of a green iguana by examining the underside of the hind legs. Males have highly developed pores in this area that secrete scent, and are often covered in a waxy substance. These lizards have recently become extremely popular in the pet trade - over 800,000 animals were...

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Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'