Galapagos Wildlife

Galapagos Wildlife

Galapagos Turtles

No animal is more synonymous with the Galapagos Islands than the giant tortoise. Indeed, the saddle-back shape of the shell in many of the tortoise races reminded the early Spaniards of a type of riding saddle called "galapago", and this term is also applied to the tortoises. Hence, by calling the islands the Galapagos, we are, in essence, calling them "The Islands of the Giant Tortoises"!, The giant tortoise is the symbol of both the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park Service. In the form of one particular individual, Lonesome George, the sole surviving member of the Pinta Island race, the giant tortoise is the symbol of extreme fragility of the Galapagos islands, and a reminder of the need for vigilence and conservation.
Sierra Negra Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Sierra Negra Tortoise
East Pacific Green Turtle | Galapagos Islands
East Pacific Green Turtle
Hawksbill | Galapagos Islands
Hawksbill
Volcan Darwin Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Volcan Darwin Tortoise
Santa Cruz Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz Galapagos Tortoise
San Cristóbal Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
San Cristóbal Tortoise
Pinzon Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Pinzon Galapagos Tortoise
EspañolaTortoise | Galapagos Islands
EspañolaTortoise
Leatherback turtle | Galapagos Islands
Leatherback turtle
Floreana Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Floreana Galapagos Tortoise
Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Galapagos Islands
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Alcedo Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Alcedo Galapagos Tortoise
Santiago Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Santiago Galapagos Tortoise
Volcan Wolf Tortoise  | Galapagos Islands
Volcan Wolf Tortoise
Santa Fe Galapagos Tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Santa Fe Galapagos Tortoise

Marine Iguanas & lizards

They may look evil, vicious, even like something you never want near your children, but Marine Iguanas are remarkably indifferent to your presence, very vegetarian, and you might even consider them for a quiet. These lizards, which most likely share ancestors with their larger land dwelling cousins, have avoided the pressures of eating the limited vegetable resources on the islands. They have adapted themselves to gnaw algae off of the lava rocks close to shore. In order to digest their meal, they spend most of their days basking on rocks -- "cooking" their food after they have eaten it.
Lava lizard duncanensis | Galapagos Islands
Lava lizard duncanensis
Marine Iguana | Galapagos Islands
Marine Iguana
Lava lizard pacificus | Galapagos Islands
Lava lizard pacificus
Lava lizard grayii | Galapagos Islands
Lava lizard grayii
Lava Lizard bivittatus | Galapagos Islands
Lava Lizard bivittatus
Southeastern five lined skink | Galapagos Islands
Southeastern five lined skink
Lava lizard albermarlensis | Galapagos Islands
Lava lizard albermarlensis

Land Iguanas

Land Iguanas (Conolphus pallidus or subscristatus) are vegetarian. These iguanas feed most of the time with yellow flora and fruits of the islands such as prickly cactus pear and exist in two major forms, namely; Conolphus subcristatus which has yellow-orange coloration on Santa Cruz, Plaza, Isabela and Fernandina islands and secondly conolphus pallidus, which is decorated with brown and whitish coloration but is found only on Santa Fé.
Land iguana | Galapagos Islands
Land iguana
Pink land iguana | Galapagos Islands
Pink land iguana
Santa fe iguana | Galapagos Islands
Santa fe iguana