Description

Description

Fiji banded iguanas are endemic to some of the southeastern Fijian islands. Iin Tonga, they where introduced by humans. The iguanas inhabit high cloud forests to low-lying coastal swamps.

The biggest threat to the fiji iguanas in their natural habitat is feral animals and destruction of their natural habitat.


Fiji banded iguanas reach a total lenght of up to 80cm. They are strickly aborial lizards, and blend in well with the vegetation.

Male fiji banded iguanas are green with 2-5 blue bands on there body. The bands reach from the top of the back to the bottom of the side. On the side of there neck they have small bands( often more or less horizontal) or dots with the same blue color as the bands on the body. The tail is also banded and start at the base with blue bands but turn more brown further down the tail.


Females are often green with no bands, but some females are born with bands or dots. The tail of the can be both with and without bands( nirmally the bands on the females tail are brown).

Characteristic for both the males and females is the yellow nose.


Male babies are born with the bands, but the bands dont have the blue coler then they hatch, it often takes up to 4-5 month before the blue color will start to show. Females are normally born green with no bands. Babies when born has the same yellow nose as the adult iguanas.


The fiji banded iguana is a 100% herbivore and eat leaves, flowers and fruit. In the wild they show a preference for Vavaea amicorum, but in captivity they will eat a big variety of veggies and fruit( see the total food item list for info on what we use for our iguanas).

 

Below you can see the list of plants that was found in the iguanas feces( from B. vitiensis):



Brachylophus bulabula, Fijian banded iguana female on introduced Plumeria tree, Kadavu, Fiji (Photo courtesy: Ryan Photographic)

Brachylophus bulabula, male Fijian banded iguana in introduced Plumeria teee, Kadavu, Fiji ( Photo courtesy: Ryan Photographic)

Brachylophus bulabula, male Fijian banded iguana in threat display, Kadavu, Fiji.

( Photo courtesy: Ryan Photographic)

Female banded iguana, Brachylophus bulabula, on tree trunk. Kadavu, Fiji.

( Photo courtesy: Ryan Photographic)

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