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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Sphenodonta
Family:Tuatara
Genus:Conolophus
Genus species:Conolophus subcristatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1 m (including the tail)
Weight:13 kg
Identification:The land iguana has patches of white, black, brown, and rust-colored scales.
Habitat:Dry areas of the islands
Diet:Herbivore: low growing plants, shrubs, fallen fruit, cactus pads
Reproduction:During breeding season, the female iguanas migrate to nesting areas. They build their nests in burrows, laying 2-20 eggs each. In 85-110 days, the eggs hatch and the young have to dig their way out of the burrow. Land iguanas can live as long as 60 years.
Males are highly territorial.
Status:Threatened: preyed upon by feral cats

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1977-03 Subjects:reptile
herptile
Land iguana
lizard
Tuatara
Sphenodon
Sphenodontidae
Rhynchocephalia
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata