The Barrington Land Iguana (Conolophus
pallidus) is endemic
to the Santa Fe Island in the Galapagos. They are also
known as the Santa Fe Land Iguana. It is one
of two species of the genus Conolophus. It is still
questioned whether or not the Barrington Land
Iguana is a separate species, or a sub-species
of the Galapagos Land Iguana.
The differences between the Barrington Land Iguana
and the Galapagos Land Iguana are very small. The Barrington
Land Iguana has a more tapered snout and higher
dorsal spines, as well as being a lighter yellow colour.
These iguanas grow about 3 feet long
and can weigh up to 25 pounds. Like all lizards, the
Barrington Land Iguana is cold-blooded and need to bask
ion the sun on rocks to absorb heat on all sides. When
sleeping, they burrow themselves to conserve heat.
There have been some instances of the Barrington
Land Iguana eating meat, but these are considered
to be opportunistic situations. Overall, they are herbivores,
eating fruits, flowers and berries. Their main food
and moisture source is the prickly-pear cactus, of which
they consume most of the plant.
Barrington Land Iguana Classification
|- Kingdom: Animalia
| - Division: Chordata
| - Class: Reptilia
| - Order: Squamata
| - Family: Iguanidae
| - Genus: Conolophus
| - Species: Conolophus