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The Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus pallidus) is a sub-species found only on Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos.

 

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."

 

I don't think I'd call this guy stupid looking (at least not to his face!)

 

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.

 

It is estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 land iguanas are found in the Galapagos.

 

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos

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Taken on August 25, 2012