San Esteban spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura conspicuosa), an endemic iguana found only on Isla San Esteban in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico. This large iguanid has become specialized in climbing the tall columnar Cardon cactus to feed on its flowers and fruits, sometimes to a height of over ten meters off the ground.


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San Esteban spiny-tailed iguana (Ctenosaura conspicuosa), an endemic iguana found only on Isla San Esteban in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico. This large iguanid has become specialized in climbing the tall columnar Cardon cactus to feed on its flowers and fruits, sometimes to a height of over ten meters off the ground.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Michael S. Nolan

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