Hybrid Iguana


Common name : Galapagos land Iguana

Scientific name : Conolophus subcristatus

Native to : Galapagos Islands

Interesting fact : A high ocean temperature resulting in loss of seaweed beds forced the marine iguanas to search for food on land and ultimately they breed with the land iguanas.

Conservation status : Least Concern

The hybrid iguana was formed due to the natural breeding between a male marine iguana, Amblyrhynchus Cristatu, and a female land iguana, Conolophus Subcristatus. They have the best of both worlds with sharp claws for climbing on cacti when on land and for feeding on seaweed under water. The hybrid iguanas are most unlikely to reproduce.

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