Works to Protect Reptiles in Ana Maria Keys
CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, April 3 (acn)
Iguanas and crocodiles living in the keys of Ana Maria, off
south of the province of Ciego de Avila, are monitored in an
effort to ensure the survival of both species, threatened by the
weather and hunting.
manager of the area that is a national wildlife refuge,
explained that the actions are part of a study project on
reptiles led by
the enterprise for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna in
The specialist said that because of the drought, the iguanas
to show signs of malnutrition, since they feed on mangrove.
He noted the
study comprises an assessment of the health condition of
for which they are weighed, measured and tagged.
Experts are also trying to localize their nests and count
the eggs, noting
that fewer eggs per hectare are sighted every year.
With regards to the American crocodile (acutus), research
has shown that
the area is home to young animals that measure a little more
meter in length and come mostly from the next province of
Crocodile nests with 32 to 36 eggs have been spotted in the
Ovispo and La Canal; however, none has been sighted in 2012
Quiñones said that since the acutus is usually the victim of
refuge is under watch to prevent the use of fishing nets.
Orlando Moreno Suarez, specialist from the regional CITMA
Science, Technology and Environment) delegation in Ciego de
the management plan of the Ana Maria wildlife refuge is
supervised by a
coordinating board and that they count on the support of
institutions such as the National Office for Fishing
Coastguards, Body of Forest Rangers and the CITMA Regulatory
The keys of Ana Maria has a total area of 119,000 hectares
more than 40 islets in formation covered by mangrove swamps
making up the
permanent habitat of pelicans, small reptiles and the bee
endemic to Cuba.