Status of a translocated Cyclura iguana colony in the Bahamas


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Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Lizards

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Lizards

    A before-and-after study in 1988–1998 on a tropical island in the Bahamas (Knapp 2001) found that a translocated population of Allen’s Cay iguana Cyclura cychlura inornata had grown over a 10-year period following release. Seven of eight iguanas from the original release were recaptured, as well as 28 descendants (11 males, 16 females). The total population was estimated at 40–107 individuals. In 1988–1990, eight iguanas (4 males and 4 females) were translocated to the island from a nearby population. In 1998, six days (2 each in March, May and November) of trapping were carried out and individuals were marked by clipping toes and painting numbers on both sides of the ribs using white correction fluid. Population size was then estimated by walking a 320 m linear transect three times every day for 24 days between March and November 1998 and noting all marked and unmarked individuals.

    (Summarised by: Maggie Watson, William Morgan)

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