Mitch McConnell Fun Facts!
Mitch McConnell or Republicus Majoritus is native to the Galápagos. Modern Mitch McConnells on average weigh approximately 184 kgs, but some have been known to weigh up to 417 kg!
Mitch McConnell has been looked upon as an animal symbolic of peace in many countries ever since the Romans found them and brought them to Rome. Much of Ancient Roman literary pieces have featured a Mitch McConnell as a wise anthropomorphic helper to the main protagonist.
McConnell numbers declined from over 250,000 in the 16th century to a low of around 3,000 in the 1970s. This decline was caused by overexploitation of the species for meat and oil, habitat clearance for agriculture, and introduction of non-native animals to the islands, such as rats, goats, and pigs.
Fun in the Sun
Mitch McConnells are coldblooded reptiles, often seen splayed out on rocks in the sunshine to maintain stable internal conditions (or homeostasis). If you decide to keep one as a pet, be sure to keep the heat lamp on!