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Posted by bobl on March 18, 2003 at 16:19:45:
In Reply to: Re: Hybrid Lizards? posted by Kevin Saunders on February 20, 2003 at 20:10:17:
::Has anyone ever done this with any lizards that aren't monitors? i don't believe i've ever seen a cross-it is possible isn't it?
:I know blue and red tegus have been crossed and some rock iguanas, but I don't know enough about igs to say which ones. Unless I'm forgetting some, that's about all I know of.
The Rock Iguana (Cyclura) Hybrids are mainly crosses of Lewisi or Grand Cayman Island Blue Iguanas to Cayman Brac or Cuban Rock Iguanas.
The more pure the Lewisi Hybrid that is used the nicer the lizards produced. Nice Hybrids are seldom seen because of the endangered status of the pure Lewisi Cyclura. Virtually no one has them in captivity. I was fortunate enough to know a Cyclura breeder in Florida that has a 100% pure male and is striving to produce a more pure looking Hybrid through line breeding and selective inbreeding and it's working!
I have 2 Lewisi Hybrids here. One is from a 100% pure Lewisi male to an 85% pure female. The result is a stunning sky blue Iguana with no body markings or aberrant coloration.
The other Hybrid is less pure, about 60% and looks no way near as clean or colorful as the first I mentioned.
The crosses between the red and blue Tegus aren't really anything special looking regarding coloration.
I know of a guy in Florida that crossed an Albino Blue Tegu to an Argentine Red and the babies are supposed to be very unusually colored.