The Marine Iguanas of Galapagos Islands
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The Marine Iguanas of Galapagos Islands

The Marine Iguanas of Galapagos Islands are strange almost ugly creatures. They are very popular with the tourists who like to take pictures of them. Some people refer to them as the modern day dinosaur. They are very unusual. The go into the water to eat algae and sea weed and they then come out and lay on the lava rock shore to warm up.

Marine iguanas live on the Galapagos Islands and they are a real marine lizard.  This makes them very different from most other lizards that prefer warm dry areas.  Many people consider the Marine iguanas of Galapagos Islands modern day dinosaurs.

The Marine iguanas are usually about 3 feet long when they become adults.  They live on the black lava rock shore of the Galapagos Islands.  They have evolved to be very good swimmers and they eat mostly marine algae and seaweed.

When Marine iguanas are not eating, they stay on the shore where they can stay warm.  When Charles Darwin came to the Galapagos Islands, he picked up a Marine iguana and threw it into the water and it immediately came back to the shore.  Darwin called the Marine iguanas of Galapagos a hideous looking creature of a dirty black color.  He also said they were stupid and sluggish.

The Marine iguanas of the Galapagos will vary in size according to which island they live on.  The smallest ones live on Genovesa.  Fernandina has some of the larger ones living on this island.  Isabella has larger Marine iguanas living there.  The Marin iguanas that live on Espanola are the most colorful of the Galapagos iguanas.  They have blotches of coppery green and red on them.  Marine iguanas live in large colonies on the Galapagos Islands.  The tourists that visit Galapagos like to photograph the Marine iguanas.  The tourists do not photograph them because they are pretty but because they are so ugly and unusual. 

The Marine Iguanas have wide set eyes, a smashed face and spiky dorsal scales.  They also have salt-encrusted and knotty heads.  They are usually a dull black color that blends with the black lava rocks on the shore.

The Marine iguana looks mean but they are actually gentle herbivores.  They have razor sharp small teeth the work perfect for scraping the algae from the rocks.

Marine iguanas are sometimes kept as pets and dogs and cats become their enemies.  They do not make very good pets and they are difficult to keep as pets because they require very special conditions to survive. The Marine iguanas of the Galapagos can become extinct.  The government of Ecuador has set up laws that are set up to protect the Marine iguana.  The government has set up nesting sites on the smaller Galapagos Island where the Marine iguanas will be safer.

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Here in the Philippines, many are keeping iguanas as pets.

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