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Galapagos Land Iguana

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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Lima, Peru

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  • Uploaded on July 15, 2012
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    by Eva Lewitus