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Galapagos Land Iguana

Conolophus subcristatus

Description:

The Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It is one of three species of the genus Conolophus. Charles Darwin described the Galapagos land iguana as "ugly animals, of a yellowish orange beneath, and of a brownish-red colour above: from their low facial angle they have a singularly stupid appearance." The Galapagos land iguana grows to a length of three to five feet with a body weight of up to twenty-five pounds, depending upon which island they are from. Being cold-blooded, they absorb heat from the sun by basking on volcanic rock, and at night sleep in burrows to conserve their body heat. These iguanas also enjoy a symbiotic relationship with birds; the birds remove parasites and ticks, providing relief to the iguanas and food for the birds.

Habitat:

They are endemic to the Galápagos Islands, primarily the islands of Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Baltra, and South Plaza.

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2 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Yes, we saw this at the Darwin Research Station.

Was this taken at the Darwin Research Station?

AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on Nov 30, 2015

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