Also known as Horned Ground Iguana
The Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is native to Caribbean island of Hispaniola. They can live Up to 20 years and grow to 24 - 54 Inches. Their conservation statis is Vulnerable (VU).
The Basics for Rhinoceros Iguanas
- Rocks & sand
- 70 - 85 ° F
- Leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers.
Rhinoceros Iguana Pet Care
With no thanks to deforestation and other construction, the Rhinoceros Iguana is an endangered lizard species and concerns continue to grow with regards to how many of these wonderful iguanas are left in the wild. Keeping these lizards in captivity isn’t easy but it is possible with the right enclosure and environment surrounding it – these reptiles like to be kept in enclosures outside in warm temperatures so if you live in a cold environment it’s not wise to house these lizards.
These reptiles do not have a huge population thus considered endangered and only have a population in the wild of less than 16,000 – which isn’t a lot across the whole planet and considering this is only an approximation there could be a lot less. Luckily there are a lot of professional institutions such as zoos and other associations that are rapidly reproducing these reptiles in captivity.
Rhinoceros Iguanas habitat the island of Hispaniola, Haiti and also populate the Dominican Republic – they are often found within the woodlands, dry forests, and the coastal terraces so if you do not already live in a hot country it would be hard to mimic their highly preferred environments.
These Iguanas can grow up to 4ft in length so you will need a reasonably sized caged enclosure outside and it will need to be housed in a warm environment for these lizards to survive, even during nights when the temperature falls you will need to make sure this iguana has a heated shelter for it to stay within its preferred warm environment otherwise it will become stressed and may not live its 10 – 20 year lifespan.
Lighting & Heating
Rhinoceros Iguanas rely on natural lighting which Is why it’s important you keep these within an enclosure that is outside so they can benefit from the natural light and temperature. It’s very important the temperature surrounding them is humid and very warm – during the night you should supply the iguana with a big enough shelter and a heater to mimic their climate.
Food & Water
These lizards like to eat plants, flowers, berries, leaves and a variety of different fruits containing seeds they can distribute to new areas. This species is also carnivores and when on its own will eat other small lizards and even snakes – so diet wise these reptiles are pretty easy to cater for.
It’s not unusual to not see your rhinoceros drink water from a bowl you have provided them, they often are hydrated from the different foods they eat, such as grapes and leaves – although it is still recommended to put a fresh bowl of water in their enclosure should they want to drink from it. These Rhinoceros Iguanas could be hard to get your hands on, possibly expensive purely because of the fact they are an endangered species but if you feel you live in the right environment and you have the experience and equipment to keep one of these reptiles in captivity then you should go for it because they are beautiful reptiles.