Pictures from Iguanas in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: land iguana and marine iguana.
Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
The Galapagos Land Iguana is a species of large lizard. It is endemic to the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador). It is primarily herbivorous. The mainstay of its diet is the prickly pear cactus. They eat the pads and fruit including the spines. The cactus provides both food and water. Land iguanas grow to be 1 m to 1,5 m (3 to 5 ft) in length.
Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
The Marine Iguana is an iguana found only in the Galápagos Islands that is able to live in the sea. Marine Iguanas look fierce, but are actually gentle herbivores, surviving exclusively on underwater algae and seaweed.
The marine iguanas develop their colours as they get older: the young are black, while adults can be combinations of black, green, red or grey, depending on the island on which they live.
The marine iguanas on each island are different in size, but they are actually all the same kind.
This species is completely protected under the laws of Ecuador.