Clyclura nubila nubila
Head and body length: 30.5 - 74.5 cm, tail: 32 - 73 cm
1.1 - 8.5 kg
Estimated at 40,000 - 60,000
Arid coastal areas with xerophytic vegetation and some dry areas farther inland; needs areas of limestone for hiding and soil patches for nesting sites
Hurricane-proof? The Cuban Iguana is well situated to weather the calamitous storm that batter the islands. It wedges itself into rock holes so it doesn't get blown out to the sea, and its metabolism allows it to survive in the storms aftermath until plants regenerate leaves, fruit and flowers. The big herbivore plays a major role in seed dispersal. contributing significantly to the health of the ecosystem. Aggressively territorial, males resist intruders whenever possible, but they are powerless to fight habitat loss and disturbance. Already among the most endangered lizards in the world, this iguana is facing a decidedly cloudy future.