"Marine, Land and Hybrid Iguanas" Galápagos Islands Local Custom Tip by windsorgirl

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  Land Iguana
by windsorgirl

There are 2 species of land iguanas on the Galapagos, they can reach up to 1m in length.

The marine iguanas are very unique in that they are they only aquatic iguana in the world. They have evolved to eat green algae that grows underwater. They can swim to a depth of 20m and stay underwater for an hour at a time. They are also able to expunge excess absorbed salt out of their noses.

And, as you may guess, the hybrid Iguana is what you get when a male marine iguana mates with a female land iguana. They are very rare to spot and are identified by thier unusual stripes. Our group was lucky to see one on Isla South Plaza.

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  • Written Dec 18, 2003
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