Endemic Animals of Cayman Islands








Cyclura nubila
Cyclura nubila
The Cuban rock iguana, also known as the Cuban ground iguana or Cuban iguana, is a species of lizard of the iguana family. It is the second largest of the West Indian rock iguanas, one of the most endangered groups of lizards. A herbivorous species with red eyes, a thick tail, and spiked jowls, it is one of the largest lizards in the Caribbean. The Cuban iguana is distributed throughout the rocky southern coastal areas of mainland Cuba and its ...
surrounding islets with a feral population thriving on Isla Magueyes, Puerto Rico. A subspecies is found on the Cayman Islands of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Females guard their nest sites and often nest in sites excavated by Cuban crocodiles. As a defense measure, the Cuban iguana often makes its home within or near prickly-pear cacti. Although the wild population is in decline because of predation by feral animals and habitat loss caused by human agricultural development, the numbers of iguanas have been bolstered as a result of captive-breeding and other conservation programs. Cyclura nubila has been used to study evolution and animal communication, and its captive-breeding program has been a model for other endangered lizards in the Caribbean.
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Cyclura nubila
Vitelline warbler
Vitelline warbler
The vitelline warbler is a songbird species in the New World warbler family . It is found in the Cayman Islands and on the Swan Islands in Honduras.
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Vitelline warbler
Grand Cayman bullfinch
Grand Cayman bullfinch
The Grand Cayman bullfinch is a threatened bird endemic to the island of Grand Cayman. It is usually treated as a subspecies of the Cuban bullfinch, but some authorities separate it. It can be distinguished from the Cuban bullfinch by its slightly larger bill size and the much paler coloration of the female bird. It is the only bird species endemic to the Cayman Islands since the extinction of the Grand Cayman thrush, though several bird ...
subspecies are also endemic. Its population is declining due to invasive mammals. Habitat fragmentation may also be a potential major risk, though currently this is very low.
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Grand Cayman bullfinch
Cyclura nubila caymanensis
Cyclura nubila caymanensis
Cyclura nubila caymanensis, the Lesser Caymans iguana, Cayman Brac iguana, Cayman Island brown iguana or Sister Isles iguana, is a critically endangered subspecies of the Cuban iguana . It is native to two islands to the south of Cuba: Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, which are also known as the Sister Isles due to their similar shapes and close proximity to each other. This subspecies is in decline due to habitat encroachment by human development ...
and predation by feral dogs and cats. It is nearly extinct on Cayman Brac where fewer than 100 animals live, while Little Cayman supports a population of about 1,500 animals.
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Cyclura nubila caymanensis
Aristelliger praesignis
Aristelliger praesignis
Aristelliger praesignis, is a species of gecko, a lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. The species is endemic to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
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Aristelliger praesignis
Tropidophis caymanensis
Tropidophis caymanensis
Tropidophis caymanensis, or the Cayman Islands dwarf boa, is a species of snake in the family Tropidophiidae. It is endemic to the Cayman Islands.
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Tropidophis caymanensis
Cayman least gecko
Cayman least gecko
The Cayman least gecko is a species of lizard in the family Sphaerodactylidae. It is endemic to Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands.
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Cayman least gecko
Cayman worm snake
Cayman worm snake
The Cayman worm snake is a species of snake in the Typhlopidae family.
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Cayman worm snake
Conasprella janapatriceae
Conasprella janapatriceae
Conasprella janapatriceae is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones.
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Conasprella janapatriceae