Posted by: danielfee | June 15, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-15-2012

Lava Lizard – Galapagos Island

What, you don’t get sand stuck all over yourself when you go to the beach? There are seven species of Lava Lizards found in the Galapagos Islands. These guys are highly active in the daytime, hunting insects and other prey near seabird and sea lion colonies. They are the most widespread species and are only absent from three of the far-flung islands. Males, like this guy, are larger and heavier, and they have bold patterning on their backs and flanks. They like to stake out a prominent boulder or post from which they will sit and nod their heads, and display their throat coloration as a warning to rivals or visual cue to the females.



  1. He’s so sandy. I think I would live in fear in the Galapagos because of all the deadly animals that live there. I’m sure I shouldn’t fear this guy, but they have Komodo Dragons there don’t they – I think I’ve seen to many specials on those things.

    • Cassie,
      There is nothing to fear about the Galapagos Islands. The animals are not deadly. In fact, because they have had very little interaction with humans, they don’t fear people. You can walk right up to them and they just look at you while you are looking at them. They don’t have Komono Dragons in the Galapagos, so nothing to fear. On one of my snorkeling trips I did come withing about 20 feet of a dozen sharks, but they were just hanging out on the bottom and didn’t bother me at all.

      • Well that is so good to know! Thank you for all that information. My boyfriend is hoping to swim with sharks (it’s on his bucket list) and so maybe we should go in that direction. We both dive so that might be perfect!

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