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Galapagos Land Iguana

Conolophus Subcristatus


The colourful land iguana with their yellowish-prange belly and brownish back are an endemic species of the Galapagos islands. They can grow to 1 metre (3ft) in length. Iguanas are diurnal. They have distinctive eyelids, external eardrums, dewlaps (throat pouches), each limb has 5 toes with sharp claws. Iguanas are vegetarians. The main food of land iguanas is the prickly pear cactus that provides both food and water for the lizards


The land iguana lives in the arid parts of the Galapagos islands. They make burrows (tunnels) in the ground for nesting and for shade during the day and protection during the night.


"Iguana" a Spanish word of Indian origin also serves as the scientific name for the family.

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JillBlack 8 years ago

Thanks for the comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Especially like the third photo

These are wonderful! Great spotting.

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Spotted on Mar 23, 2012
Submitted on Aug 13, 2012

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