Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54429

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Iguanidae
Genus:Amblyrhynchus
Genus species:Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The marine iguana is gray to black in coloration.
Habitat:Volcanic islands, steep cliffs near ocean
Diet:Herbivore: marine algae, seaweed
Reproduction:Nesting occurs between January and April. One to six eggs are laid in a burrow of sand and volcanic ash and are incubated 95 days before hatching.
Behavior:Marine iguanas are highly territorial.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:The marine iguana is the only lizard species that depends on a marine environment. They rid themselves of excess salt by excreting it via a nasal salt gland. The only threats facing these lizards are introduced predators: hawks, owls, snakes, and crabs.

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1977-03 Subjects:herptile
Marine iguana
lizard
reptile
Amblyrhynchus
Iguanas
Squamata
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Lizards