Galapagos Marine Iguana 2

Marine Iguana in profile

We saw several Marine Iguanas while walking along the lava rock waterfront of Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, The Galapagos National Park, Ecuador.

This Marine Iguana held this position for so long that I wondered if it was a fake. I learned that these animals spend much time on land regulating their body temperature. This is an example of soaking in the sun’s warming rays.

This profile view illustrates many characteristics of this remarkable reptile. The species’ flattened head shape, salt deposit on the head, leathery skin, and spines are all defining characteristics.

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