Galapagos Land Iguana

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Scanned from an 1967 Agfa slide - The Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is a species of lizard in the Iguanidae family. Land iguanas are primarily herbivorous; Because fresh water is scarce on the islands it inhabits, it obtains the majority of its moisture from the prickly-pear cactus that makes up 80% of its diet: fruit, flowers, pads, and even spines.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.

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Comments (11)

choniron on July 16, 2012

Viendo esta imagen uno retorna a la prehistoria, magnífico ejemplar de iguana. Me encanta. Un saludo, José. LK+YS

mimmo valenti on July 16, 2012

Eva, congrats for your interesting Galapagos

L

Greetings Mimmo

Eva Lewitus on July 16, 2012

Hola José. Tienes razón, se encuentra prehistoria en Galapagos. Por esto el estudio que hizo Darwin allí, era (es) tan importante.
♥ Eva

Eva Lewitus on July 16, 2012

Thank you so much Mimmo Galapagos was, and I am sure still is a very interesting group of islands. Pity we had not enough time to see all we could have seen.
♥ Eva

Heidiho on July 17, 2012

Großartig ! Wie eine Szene aus einem Steven- Spielberg-Film ! Ein Sternchen von mir !
HH

Eva Lewitus on July 17, 2012

Ja,Heidi das sind imposante Tiere, nicht nur im Aussehen.(Danke für´s Sternchen... ich vergesse immer zu schauen wieviele es sind!)

Joan Crits on July 22, 2012

Fascinante primitivo! (Espero que no picaran mucho estas hierbas del suelo...)

Eva Lewitus on July 29, 2012

Hola Crits Las plantas en el piso son suculentas, y el pequenho dragon es muy pacifico tambien.

Heidiho on July 29, 2012

Nanu ? Bist Du schon wieder zurück ? - Ich dachte, Du bist 3 Wochen unterwegs ?

Wilhelm Tell on August 12, 2012

Wonderful photo of this fantastic animal. Like 8. Greetings, Wilhelm

LeoW on September 15, 2012

Toller Schnappschuss, das Dia war wirklich wert es wieder zu beleben, sehr schön.

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viele Grüße, Leo

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Photo taken in Galapagos National Park, Av. Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

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