Rhinoceros Iguana

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Range
Found only on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea

Habitat
Dry forest, scrub, or desert

Distinguishing Characteristics
Large size scales on the head, which look like horns, thus the name. Males are larger than females and have larger “horns.”

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: greens, other veggies, and fruit

Diet in the Wild: They are herbivorous, eating a variety of leaves, fruits, flowers, and seeds.

Life Span
20 years or more in captivity

Behavior/Adaptations
They are behavioral heliotherms, meaning that they will adjust their activity pattern to utilize solar radiation to regulate body temperature.
In an attempt to attract and dominate the female, males will use head bobs and nods as part of their mating behavior. They will also use the bobs and nods to scare away predators.

Status
Threatened, due to human encroachment upon, and destruction of, its natural habitat