When we were exploring the different islands in the Galapagos archipelago, we saw hundreds of skinny little reptiles skittering over the rocks. They moved much faster than the iguanas and it took us a while before any of us could get a good picture. The little guy above stopped just long enough for my husband to snap a photo.
Lava lizards have long, tapering tails, skinny bodies and pointed faces. Their size varies a bit by species and their coloration varies quite a bit from island to island. They are active during the day and tend to stay in the sun whenever possible. Lava lizards are common both near the water and in the more arid areas.
There are seven different species of lava lizards in the Galapagos, all of which are endemic. Like Darwin’s finches, the different islands within the Galapagos islands are home to different species of lava lizards. They have adapted over the years to the conditions and terrain of the different islands. Six of the species are confined to single Islands, as can be seen from their their common names:
- Galapagos Lava Lizard: Microlophus albermarlensis
- Española Lava Lizard: Microlophus delanonis
- Floreana Lava Lizard: Microlophus gray
(also occurs on Caldwell, Champion, Enderby and Gardner-near Floreana)
- Marchena Lava Lizard: Microlophus habellii
- Pinta Lava Lizard: Microlophus pacificus
- Pinzon Lava Lizard: Microlophus duncanensis
- San Cristobal Lava Lizard: Microlophus bivattatus
Source: Galapagos Expeditions
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This post in part of the AtoZ Challenge. Please click on the sunflower AtoZ icon in the sidebar to go to the official list of participating blogs. This year my theme is the Galapagos Islands. I am in the process of writing the first of my Midge & Snig mystery series set in the islands. In my research, I have come across a plethora of interesting facts and images. The vast majority of my research won’t get included in the book, but it’s fun to share what I’ve learned with you all.