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Almost three feet long, the rhinoceros iguana is a heavy-bodied lizard, grayish-green in color with a serrated crest along the back and tail and several horn-like scales on the nose. The rhinoceros iguana is an endangered species that can be found in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Adult rhinoceros iguanas eat leaves, flowers, fruit and sometimes small animals. They lay up to 15 eggs annually in a chamber at the end of a tunnel. Because of land development and introduced animals, the population of rhinoceros iguanas has declined to the point that they are now considered endangered species.

Learn how you can support the endangered rhinoceros iguana by making a donation through Friends of the National Zoo's ADOPT A SPECIES program! Please click here!

Rhinoceros Iguana by National Zoo
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