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Galapagos Wildlife, Land Iguana

Land Iguana of the Galapagos Islands is a species of lizard in the Iguanidae family. It is one of the three species of Conolophus. It is endemic in the Galapagos Archipelago, especially the islands of Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Hood and South Plaza.

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  • Scientific name:Conolophus subcristatus
  • Class:Reptiles
  • Suborden:Saurios
  • Size:1,5 m
  • Weight:12,2 kg

 

 

Land Iguana Galapagos

In the Galapagos Islands there are two endemic species of land iguanas, which are dark brown to yellow-orange and live in arid areas of central and western islands.

It is estimated that in the Galapagos Islands are located between 5,000 and 10,000 land iguanas. In recent years the number of land iguanas has declined dramatically and are now in danger of extinction.

The land iguanas feed on flowers, fruits, besides cactus stems and stand on their hind legs to reach the flower. They have a rough and tough language, so no need to remove cactus thorns before eating. Its head is strongly and has a long tail, claws substantial number, and a heavy body.

This reptile's skin is scaly, with a range of colors is striking us as a golden yellow-brown, through orange and red.

The land iguanas live in the arid interior of the islands in small caves or among the rough lava pieces scattered in the area.

Puueden measure up to one meter long, robust and with a long dorsal ridge that extends from the head to the beginning of the queue.

Galapagos Wildlife, Land Iguana

Galapagos Wildlife

 

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