Galapagos
Marine Iguanas

Galapagos Marine Iguanas

The Galapagos marine iguanas is an endemic species and can be found in mangroves, beaches or rocky shores of the Galapagos. Their diet is based almost exclusively on seaweed, although they can also consume land plants.

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Unlike females (0.6 m long) and young that feed on seaweeds that are exposed when the tide is out, adult males of this species are the only ones capable of swimming in the sea to feed as they are larger (1.3 m long) They are able to hold their breath for about 45 minutes and dive up to 30 meters deep.

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Autor: Maytenus Galapagos

Unlike females (0.6 m long) and young that feed on seaweeds that are exposed when the tide is out, adult males of this species are the only ones capable of swimming in the sea to feed as they are larger (1.3 m long) They are able to hold their breath for about 45 minutes and dive up to 30 meters deep.

When they are not feeding, they spend most of their time sunbathing on the rocks, this is done in order to raise their body temperature after leaving cold waters. Furthermore, this species slows down your heart rate without any risk of not losing heat.

Generally, the females always look for the males of greater size. Adult males can reach up to 1.3m in length, unlike females that can only reach 0.6m. Also, during the breeding season, males are able to display bright colors on their bodies to attract females.

If you want to know a little more about the animals you could find in the Galapagos, visit: Galapagos animals.

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