Santa Fe Land Iguana Waiting for a Food Drop A big, old Santa Fe Land Iguana is waiting patiently under a very tall, storm damaged Opuntia for a leaf pad to drop. On Santa Fe the endemic land iguanas can grow over five feet long. And in true Galapagos style the Opuntia cactus, a favorite food of the land iguana, has responded by growing tall and woody.

Every few years an El Nino strikes, usually in December or January. The tradewinds reverse and the warm Panama current dominates bringing huge storms. The food chain collapses and widespread damage occurs as in 1997 and 1983. Santa Fe Island.

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