Botanic Park welcomes baby blues

Blue Iguana Warden Alberto Estevanovich showed off one of the latest additions to Cayman’s Blue Iguana population recently. 

This baby blue iguana is not yet blue, but more brownish-green in color. 

It was one of about 35 born between two and two-and-a-half months ago at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program facility at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, bringing the total there to about 160. 

The baby spends much of its time sleeping, eating or posing for visitors. Previously listed as a subspecies of the Cuban iguana (Cyclura nubila), blue iguanas were reclassified as a separate species (Cyclura lewisi) in 2004 because of genetic differences discovered four years earlier. 

Found only on Grand Cayman, they are Grand Cayman’s largest native land animal and can grow to over 5 feet long and weigh over 25 pounds. 

The blue iguana is one of the longest-living species of lizard with some known to have reached at least 67 years old. 

For information on sponsoring a blue iguana please contact [email protected]

The birth of a few dozen baby blues spells good news for the Recovery Program. 

Alberto Estevanovich holds a baby blue iguana, one of about 35 born in recent months. - Photo: George Nowak

Alberto Estevanovich holds a baby blue iguana, one of about 35 born in recent months. – Photo: George Nowak
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