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Figi banded iguana

Brachylophus fasciatus

Figi banded iguana

The male Fiji banded iguana is much more brightly coloured than the female. He has light blue to white bands on a bright green background. She only has faint banding or spotting. Both have yellow underbellies and yellow-rimmed nostrils. They are able to change their skin colour to blend in with their surroundings. When threatened, the iguanas turn black, as a threat. When Fijian banded iguanas are courting, their colour intensifies and they start bobbing their heads at each other.

Animal class

Reptile

Habitat

From high cloud forests to low-lying coastal swamps

Diet

Fiji banded iguanas feed on the leaves, fruit, and flowers of trees and shrubs. They will also eat insects.

Size

The Fiji banded iguana can grow up to 60cm long including the tail.

Location

Fiji iguanas are found on several of the Fiji islands

Conservation status

The IUCN believes that Fiji banded iguanas are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Threats

Fiji banded iguanas are threatened by introduced species such as black rats, feral cats and goats and domestic pigs. Habitat destruction and the pet trade are also problems.

Current population

It is estimated that the wild population is less than 10,000 individuals

Zoo population

There around 150 Fiji banded iguanas in zoos worldwide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature