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Land Iguana


Land Iguana
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 10:49
Viewed: 1560
Points: 10
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LAND IGUANA
Conolophus subcristatus

There are two species of land iguana found in the Galapagos Islands - Conolophus subcristatus is native to six islands, and Conolophus pallidus is found only on the island of Santa Fe. They are large (over 1 metre long), yellowish animals, with males weighing up to 13 kilograms. Galapagos iguanas are thought to have had a common ancestor which floated out to the islands from the South American mainland on rafts of vegetation.

Behaviour

They live in the drier areas of the islands and in the mornings are found sprawled beneath the hot equatorial sun. However, to escape the heat of the midday sun, they seek the shade of cactus, rocks, trees or other vegetation. At night they sleep in burrows dug in the ground, to conserve their body heat. The land iguanas show a fascinating interaction with Darwin's finches, raising themselves off the ground and allowing the little birds to remove ticks.

Land iguanas feed mainly on low-growing plants and shrubs, such as the cactus, as well as fallen fruits and cactus pads. These succulent plants provide them with the moisture they require during long, dry periods.

Land iguanas reach maturity between 8 and 15 years of age. Males are territorial and will aggressively defend specific areas, that typically include more than one female. Following the mating period, the female iguanas migrate to suitable areas to nest, and will lay between 2 and 25 eggs in a burrow dug in the sandy soil. The female defends the burrow for a short time, to prevent other females from nesting in the same place. The young iguanas hatch 3-4 months later, and take about a week to dig their way out of the nest. If they survive the first difficult years of life, when food is often scarce and predators are a danger, land iguanas can live for more than 50 years.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-17 14:40]

Hi Manyee,truly beautiful,seems made in brown paper..ehehe..fantastic capture of this magnificent iguana walkin,the detail and the colors are very very great!!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hi Manyee
照的清晰 很漂亮的動物
這隻的顏色是黃色的真是鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線亮麗 動作可愛 整體都很清楚
構圖美麗 背景深遂
謝謝分享
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Hello Mr.Manyee,
Beautiful presentation of this Iguana.It seems he/she is wearing a Jacket!Nice details and colour.
Thanks dfor sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-18 8:00]

Hello Manyee,
What a neat looking lizard you have presented to us, beautifully colored and full of detail. I have seen quite a few iguanas, but never one with this color pattern. Great job of photographing it and very informative notes. Well done!!
Ron

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-19 9:54]

Hi Manyee,
This is an excellent capture of this beautiful iguana.
Amazing colors with excellent sharpness details and
very good composition.
Regards Jiri.

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