Galapagos Giant Land Tortoise
While mammals are predominant over most of the world, reptiles and marine animals are more numerous in the Galapagos due to its isolation from other land masses. It is generally accepted that these islands have never been connected to any larger land masses so all inhabitants have had to make the crossing of over 600 miles (1000 KM) on reed or grass mats or other flotsam. (See photo of this grass in the Guayaquil section)
The Giant Galapagos Tortoise was hunted almost to extinction by early buccaneers and whalers as they would stay alive for long periods without water. They were taken on board ships and provided fresh meet for months as the ship sailed long distances in search or booty or whales. Tortoises are now thought to number about 15,000 through out the Galapagos after an extensive and long term reintroduction program. Tortoise eggs nests are still removed to sanctuary centers where they are raised until old enough to be reintroduced into the natural habitat.
Okay, I'll stick my neck out on this!
Checking the Breeze.
Hay, You, With the shorts Get In Step!
Galapagos Land Iguanas measure up to 40" long and 28 lbs. Land Iguanas primarily
eat cactus pads. Yes, they are vegetarians but they may snack on other plants
and occasionally, when no one is looking, snarf up an insect or two.
They can live up to 60 years.
As with all the other fauna on the islands, the Land Iguana has no fear of man.
We were suppose to keep 6 feet away from all wildlife and in many cases had
to back up as the animal or bird would come up to us.
It was prohibited to feed any of the wildlife them but I have no doubt that any of them would have eaten out of our hands, although the hand might have possibly been included in lunch!
looking for that warm spot.
Time to head out and collect lunch for the family. Just kidding, I plan to eat it where I find it.
They will have to fish for themselves.
So far so good but I see a wave coming in.