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Barrington Land Iguana

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
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Family: Iguanidae
  • Genus: Conolophus
  • Species: Conolophus pallidus
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