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Galapagos Marine Iguana

Amblyrhynchus cristatus


Mainly black coloring and may have some reddish hues on its body. Around 5ft in length, these iguanas mainly eat algae and seaweed and to get rid of the extra salt absorbed during eating they expel it through the nostrils. they are black to absorb heat more easily once out of the cold waters.


Rocky volcanic island in the Galapagos near the island of Santa Cruz. They stay near the beach of the island since their main food source is underwater. They come out and bask at the rocks to return to the water and eat.

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Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 7 years ago

Thanks, unfortunately when we went snorkeling we didn't see any. Wups, my bad, no it wasn't on Santa Cruz, I believe it was the island of Rabida, it was a volcanic island with view to a large land mass which I believe was Santiago.

Nice Brian! Was this on Sata Fé?

Brian Muñiz
Spotted by
Brian Muñiz

Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Mar 17, 2009
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

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