Microlophus grayii — Floreana Lava Lizard
Floreana Island has a famous "post office" where passing ships have dropped off and picked up mail and packages for nearly two hundred years. We participated in the modern tourist version of this time-honored ritual by dropping postcards off, and picking postcards up that had addresses to which we could hand-deliver. While our guide read out addresses from the pile of outgoing mail, I got some photos of the post office's local lizard population. As usual with lava lizards, the ones with the bright red heads are the females, and the ones with the stronger patterns are the males.
Later that afternoon we hiked on a different spot on Floreana, with more fine lava lizard specimens.
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- Swash, A., and Still, R. 2005. Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: An Identification Guide, 2nd Edition