The Endangered Fiji Banded Iguanas
By Cielo Barrios
Its scientific name is Brachylophus fasciatus. Males have an outstanding green coloring with blue bands and females have a plain green color with occasional white markings. They can be as long as 24 inches as weigh 0.44 pounds. They belong to the animal group of reptiles.
The Fiji Banded iguana is found in Fiji, Tonga, and Vanuatu. They are usually found in big tropical forests near rivers and lakes. They stay in the sun all day and sleep in the tree tops at night. They eat leaves, flowers, tropical fruit such as papaya and banana, and on rare occasions, they eat insects.
Endangerment and Conservation
These animals are endangered because humans are building in their habitat and because house cats, rats, and mongooses are eating them. There is an estimated 6,000 Fiji Banded iguanas left. The iguanas are protected by Fiji and other international laws. They are very successful in breeding the animals to produce more offspring. To help, we can hold fundraisers to raise money for conservation areas.
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- Inhabitants of Fiji consider this iguana to be one of their treasures, and they can be seen on stamps, book covers and currency.
- The Fijian name for the iguana is "vokai", but some people call it "saumuri".
- In Fijian Folklore, tribes are not allowed to say the iguana's name in front of a woman or else the iguana will attack