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