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Land Iguana

Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) - North Seymour Island, Galapagos National Park, Ecuador

 

Besides the marine iguanas, the Galapagos islands are home to endemic land iguana species as well. There are 3 species of land iguana found in the Galapagos, this is the most abundant of the 3, Conolophus subcristatus. A land iguana was actually the first Galapagos wildlife I saw, I spotted an individual basking on a rock before I had even gotten off the plane! And then several more on the subsequent bus ride.

 

Like the marine iguanas the terrestrial iguanas are mostly vegetarian, the land iguanas will feed on a variety of vegetation found in their dry habitats but cacti make up the bulk of their diet. This large male was photographed as he moved among the rocks munching on various shrubs and bushes growing amidst the rocks.

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Taken on December 28, 2015