The Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is dark brown to yellow-orange in color and has large pointed scales that run along its neck and down its back. The Galapagos land iguana is a large lizard reaching lengths in excess of 48in. Its head is blunt in shape and it has a long tail, substantical claws, and a heavy body.
Galapagos land iguanas are natives to the Galapagos Islands. They are vegetarian, feeding primarily on the prickly pear cactus (Source: Bruin).
Vegetarian. Feeds primarily on the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia) (Source: Bruin).
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Suborder: Iguania
- Family: Iguanidae
- Genus: Conolophus
- Species: Conolophus subcristatus
Where to See:
Galapagos Islands, located about 600 miles off the west coast of South America. Scrub forest, arid habitat, lives in land burrows.
- Bruin T. 2000. Conolophus subcristatus, Animal Diversity Web. June 22, 2006.
- Burnie D, Wilson DE. 2001. Animal. London: Dorling Kindersley. 624 p.