"Rocky" photographed by Gail J. Worth.
This large terrestrial iguana can become quite tame in captivity. This species is omnivorous and should be fed a large variety of foods. It prefers quite warm temperatures above eighty degrees Fahrenheit and must be provided with a basking heat lamp and a full spectrum fluorescent light and/or natural sunlight. This New World species is much less common in captivity than is the green iguana. It occurs naturally on Santo Domingo Island and a few other small Caribbean Islands where it is becoming more scarce due to predation of juveniles by introduced animals such as feral cats and pigs. Unfortunately, this is now an endangered species due to predation and loss of habitat.