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Galapagos Land Iguana

Conolophus subcristatus

Description:

Land iguanas are primarily herbivorous; however, some individuals have shown that they are opportunistic carnivores supplementing their diet with insects, centipedes and carrion. Because fresh water is scarce on the islands it inhabits, the Galapagos land iguana obtains the majority of its moisture from the prickly-pear cactus that makes up 80% of its diet: fruit, flowers, pads, and even spines. During the rainy season it will drink from available standing pools of water and feast on yellow flowers of the genus Portulaca. It is estimated that the Galapagos land iguana has a 50 to 60-year lifespan

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2 Comments

crobin
crobin 8 years ago

I like its colours

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Nice!

CindyCor
Spotted by
CindyCor

Ecuador

Spotted on Sep 16, 2007
Submitted on Nov 7, 2012

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