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An Annotated Checklist Of The Amphibians And Terrestrial Reptiles Of The Grenadines With Notes On Their Local Natural History And Conservation

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The Grenadine archipelago consists of a string of some fifty small islands and cays, and is located between St. Vincent and Grenada near the southern end of the Lesser Antillean chain of islands. Three species of amphibians and fourteen species of terrestrial reptiles are found in the Grenadines today. Small populations of Iguana iguana are still hunted for food, and the once abundant Ameiva ameiva is fast disappearing, probably attributable to the rapidly growing domestic/feral cat populations. The greatest threat to these Grenadine islands, however, is the unregulated tourism industry and its overwhelming demand for the remaining land. Much of the herpetofauna in the Grenadines remains undocumented. The chapter also provides a list of the Grenadine terrestrial herpetofauna, which includes taxonomic authorities, orders and families, indications as to whether a species is endemic, native, or introduced, local name, and approximate size.

Keywords: amphibians; Grenadines; terrestrial reptiles; tourism industry



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