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The Isolated Islands

Located about 625 miles west of the South American coast, these 19 islands and the waters around them comprise a marine reserve that is a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’.

The Galápagos have seismic and volcanic activity that together with the isolation of the islands, has led to the development of unusual animal life which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.

Galapagos Island

Lizard

 

Land Iguana

I called it the big lizard.

Land Iguanas are dark brown to yellow-orange in color and have large pointed scales that run down their neck and down back. They can be more than 4 feet long. They have a long, long tail and big claws. Their solid bodies can be very heavy.

Thank goodness they are vegetarian eating mainly prickly pear cactus.

 

Galápagos Giant Tortoise

Galápagos giant tortoises were studied by Charles Darwin when he made his famous visit to the Galápagos in 1835.

He discovered that the shape of the shells varied from island to island as each subspecies adapted to a particular environment and habitat.

A giant Tortoise may grow to 880 pounds and live up to 170 years.

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