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Crested Iguana on Fiji stamps

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The Crested Iguanas are endemic to Fiji Islands and are currently listed as critically endangered under current International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN) criteria (2002) and are the only Fijian reptile listed as Endangered in the Fiji Biodiversity and Action Plan (1998).

Brachylophus vitiensis is a large bright green lizard with reddish brown eyes and is distinguished from the banded iguana by its size, growing to over 750mm in length and weighing up to 300 grams. A taller spiny crest on its back and three narrow creamy-white bands also help with identification. Female iguanas lay between 4 and 6 eggs after one of the longest incubation periods of any reptile at around 189 days. Unusually they also guard the nest. The species is herbivorous, feeding on the leaves, fruit, and flowers of trees and shrubs.

Post Fiji is proud to commemorate this magnificent creature and to bring attention to its protection.

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