|Land Iguana shows off his yellow colors. The males iguanas are larger than the females.|
(Information and description from Silversea Expeditions publication): There are three endemic species of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. One has a yellow/orange color. One is brown and whitish, and the other was identified in 2009 and has a distinctive pink coloration with some black stripes along their back. The late discovery was because of how remote the land is where they are found. Approximately 450 pink iguanas are found in the world!
|This photo shows the pink coloration of one species of the Land Iguana.|
Land Iguanas are much larger and more colorful than Marine Iguanas. They can grow to more than three feet in length and are stocky with a wide girth. They live in dry, arid portions of the islands. They are diurnal – that means they move, and eat during the day and sleep during the night.
Our guide today told us that the male iguanas are easy to spot because they are much larger than the females and that the males have spikes on their back and on the top of their heads. After those clues, I was able to pick out a huge male iguana.
|Just look at those claws! We watched one climb a cactus and break off pieces to eat.|
Iguanas are not lazy, they conserve energy in the heat by moving slowly. Although in our experience, we noticed that they are able to run at top speeds. They burrow into the ground, creating tunnels, which give them a bit of a respite from the sun during the day and a place for their nests.