Another Close-up of a Galapagos Marine Iguana

This close-up shot of the same Marine Iguana helps illustrate a few features of this amazing reptile.

This close-up shot of the same Marine Iguana helps illustrate a few features of this amazing reptile.

The nose hole can be seen at the very front of the face. It is large compared to the size of the head.

This angle also gives us a good look at how long the toes of the front legs are. Looking harder, we can see how sharp the claws at the ends of those toes are.

Finally, the closed eyes are probably a good indicator of the state of relaxation existing here.

I have failed to discuss how these animals swim. Once in the water, they pull their front legs back along their underside, stretch their back legs out the back, and by swishing their powerful tail from side to side, they motor along in a manner similar to a crocodile. They are known to be powerful swimmers.

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