felixcat :: Wildlife in the Galapagos
Last changed: Mar 22, 2009
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Birds of Galápagos Islands

Birds of Galápagos Islands

Snapshots on Galapagos Islands

Snapshots

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Galápagos Tortoise (Santa Cruz)

The Giant Tortoise lives only on the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. There have been 14 different subspecies described, but apparently only 11 of these survive today. The subspecies on each island have different characteristics about their shell and foraging method, so that a knowledgeable person can tell what island a particular tortoise comes from just by seeing the shell.

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Marine Iguana(Rábida)

The marine iguana is the world's only truly marine lizard and lives only in the Galápagos Islands. It is highly specialized and lives on volcanic rock and sandy beaches of the islands. As the name implies, it swims freely in the cold ocean waters. Marine iguanas can be differently colored from one island to another, but are mainly gray. They are larger on some islands than others as well.

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Land Iguana(South Plaza)

The land iguana is an endemic reptile of the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. It was formerly more widespread on the islands but is now only encountered in a few locations.

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Lava Lizard (Baltra)

Apart from such reptiles as famous tortoises and iguanas, there are 10 species of gecko, a few species of snake and 7 species of lava lizard, which forages actively by day and is abundant wherever they occur and generally allows a close approach.

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Sally Lightfoot Crab (Baltra)

The Sally Lightfoot Crab is a widespread marine crab which is commonly seen on rocks along the shoreline in the Galápagos Islands. The adults are dark reddish in color while the young are dark, almost blackish, which provides good concealment for the young crabs on the dark lava.

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Galápagos Sea Lion

(Española)

The Galápagos sea lion was previously as a subspecies of the widespread California sea lion and is found on every island.

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