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Marine Iguana

Amongst the modern lizards, it is only the marine iguana that has the unique ability to forage in the sea (and hence the name), being able to dive over 9 m (30 ft) into the water.Along with seven subspecies, they are found only in the Galapagos Islands.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Iguania
    Family Iguanidae
    Genus Amblyrhynchus
    Species A. cristatus
    Scientific Name Amblyrhynchuscristatus


    Length Varies between 7 subspecies
    Coloration Varies between 7 subspecies
    Distribution Galapagos Islands
    Habitat By the shallow reefs and rocky coastlines
    Diet Mainly feed on marine algae
    Breeding Season Summer
    Clutch Size 6-24 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on January 17th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 2nd June 2017.

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