The Rhinoceros iguana is so-called as the scales on its snout resemble a rhino’s horn. Their numbers in the wild are decreasing mainly due to the development of their natural habitat for human population. This has also caused over-grazing both by domestic and feral livestock. They also fall prey to humans, dogs and cats.
These very large reptiles are partial to a diet in the Zoo of fruit, vegetables and some meat. In the wild, they can live as long as 35 years, reaching sexual maturity between 2 and 5 years of age. Mating takes places early in the rainy season with a clutch of 2 – 34 eggs (average 17) being laid about 40 days later. Incubation lasts 85 days and these eggs are some of the largest in the reptile world.