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2023-07-18 Snargl 1 minute 18 seconds

What is the animal Cyclura known for?

Cyclura is a genus of lizards in the family Iguanidae, with ten species of rock iguanas that occur on islands in the West Indies.
They are known for their thick, ringed tails, which give them their common name of cycluras or more commonly as rock iguanas.

Cyclura iguanas are herbivorous, cold-blooded, and have a high degree of endemism, with (in most cases) a single species or subspecies originating on an individual island.
They inhabit subtropical zones, of Caribbean island dry forest biomes, and prefer rocky areas, steppes, and light forests.

Cyclura iguanas are also known for their longevity, as some species can live up to 40 years or more in captivity.
They are sexually dimorphic, with males being larger than females and having larger dorsal crest scales, femoral pores, and bodies.
Older males develop two conspicuous bumps on the back of their head, which are used for head-butting during territorial disputes.

Unfortunately, Cyclura iguanas are also known for being endangered or critically endangered, as they face many threats from habitat loss, invasive species, hunting, and poaching.
Some species, such as the Jamaican iguana, are considered to be among the most threatened reptiles in the world.
Conservation efforts are underway to protect and restore these unique and charismatic lizards.

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Where does the Cyclura live?

Cyclura is a genus of lizards that are commonly known as rock iguanas.

They are endemic to islands in the West Indies, such as Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Rock iguanas inhabit subtropical zones of Caribbean island dry forest biomes.

They are herbivorous and feed on fruits, flowers, leaves, and cacti.

They have thick, ringed tails and spiked jowls, and males are larger than females.

Rock iguanas are one of the most endangered groups of lizards, due to habitat loss, invasive species, hunting, and poaching.

They are protected by international laws and conservation programs, and some subspecies have been successfully bred in captivity.

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What does the Cyclura look like?

Close up of a toy Cyclura with a blurry background
Toy Cyclura with a green head and yellow eyes on a rock in front of a jungle background
Large turtle is walking through the jungle on a rock and grass area with trees in the background
Large Cyclura in a forest with trees in the background
Toy Cyclura is standing in the jungle with leaves around it's neck and eyes open
Toy Cyclura is standing in the snow at night with a full moon in the background
Statue of a lizard on a rock in the jungle with mountains in the background
Toy Cyclura is on a log in the woods with moss and trees in the background

The Cyclura is a genus of lizards that are also known as rock iguanas.
They are found only on islands in the West Indies, where they have a high degree of endemism.
They are among the largest lizards in the Caribbean, with thick tails, spiked jowls and a herbivorous diet.
Cyclura often live in rocky habitats with sparse vegetation and sun themselves on exposed surfaces.
It is vulnerable to habitat loss, invasive species and hunting.
Some species nest in sites excavated by crocodiles or near prickly-pear cacti for protection.
They are one of the most endangered groups of lizards in the world, but some conservation efforts have been successful.
The Cuban iguana is one of the ten species in this genus.

Example of the color palette for the image of Cyclura

Picture with primary colors of Onyx, Skobeloff, Moonstone blue, Pastel brown and Charcoal
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 3560-R90B
NCS S 1550-R80B
NCS S 5010-G90Y
NCS S 7005-R80B
RAL Classic
RAL 9005
RAL 5021
RAL 6034
RAL 8000
RAL 7026
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 200 70 25
RAL 040 40 20
RAL 200 30 05
RAL Effect
RAL 680-1
RAL 750-6
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