Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Land iguanas are vegetarians, subsisting mostly on the fruit and pads of Opuntia cactus. Their ancestors are the Green iguanas of South America and the Carribean. Land iguanas are yellow & brown in color and have a pointed nose (Marine iguana noses are square-ish). They can live up to 60-70 years. Male iguanas are territorial but the female always chooses the male. A male may have up to 7 females. A female lays between 6 and 15 eggs and gestation lasts for 3-4 months. The predetors of the eggs are beetles, hawks, herons, and snakes. The survival rate of a young iguana is under 10%.


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