The Galapagos Iguana
The Galapagos Iguana
Carol and I were hanging out with Galapagos Iguanas in the Galapagos Islands a year ago.
The Galapagos Islands, renowned for their unique biodiversity, are home to a fascinating species of reptile known as the iguana. These remarkable creatures, known as Galapagos iguanas (scientifically referred to as Amblyrhynchus cristatus), hold a distinct place in the natural world. Adapted to their volcanic environment, they have developed remarkable abilities that set them apart from their counterparts elsewhere.
Galapagos iguanas exhibit an astonishing adaptation known as marine iguana behavior. They are the only iguanas in the world capable of foraging underwater. This extraordinary ability allows them to feed on marine algae and other aquatic vegetation, making them the world’s only seafaring lizard. Their streamlined bodies, flattened tails, and sharp claws facilitate their efficient movement through the water.
These iguanas exhibit remarkable diversity in terms of size, coloration, and patterns, with variations among different islands in the archipelago. They can range in color from black to grey and even greenish hues, enabling them to blend seamlessly with their volcanic surroundings.
Despite their unusual appearance, Galapagos iguanas play a vital role in their ecosystem. As herbivores, they help control vegetation growth and maintain the ecological balance of their island habitats. Moreover, they have become an iconic symbol of the Galapagos Islands, attracting visitors from around the world who marvel at their unique adaptations and incredible survival strategies.
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Note: the photograph above is from the Silversea photographer on our cruise.
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