Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands

by Todd Metcalfe
Computer engineering Major, College Park Scholars- Earth Life & Time

Reptiles are one of the groups that have successfully colonized the Galápagos Islands. Reptiles are adapted to dryer environments, and as a result do not require as much water to survive as either mammals or amphibians do. Being able to survive with rather small amounts of water is the reason why reptiles were able to reach the Galápagos, and subsequently colonize the islands. With the colonization of the islands, populations on each island have evolved with some differences. The species or groups of species that have reached the islands include:
Additional readings:
Darwin Foundation
Jackson, Michael H. 1993. Gal·pagos, A Natural History. D. W. Friesen, Canada pgs. 101-125.
Cornell's Marine Iguana page
Berkeley Marine Iguana information
Emroy Tortoise information