||Galapagos Land Iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) are often found under opuntia trees. El
Nino storms greatly reduced the number and size of opuntia trees on these flat
islands. The iguana's leathery mouth is so hard that it can chew
cactus pads without removing the spines, although iguanas are often seen
rubbing the spines off with their mouth or claws.
rocks here are blocks of coral uplifted from the sea rather than
the usual black lava. Here on the low side of the island the white
coral has an
The rocks here have been polished by the oil on sea lion's fur as they
clamber over them! South Plaza Island.