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14 unique animals of the Galapagos Islands

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 1, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
Lava lizard on a rock

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Lava lizards

One of the most common animals found on the Galapagos are the islands' small lizards, often affectionately referred to as "lava lizards." There are at least seven recognized species, each with unique traits. Like with the Galapagos' finches, the variety of species of lava lizards represent a remarkable example of adaptive radiation.