Miguel Vences, Technische UniversitÃ¤t Braunschweig. All rights reserved. A must-have wonderfully illustrated book showing the unique diversity of GalÃ¡pagos reptiles! And the endemic marine iguana is the only sea-going lizard, its features undeniable proof of Darwin's theory of evolution. Beautiful, informative, and fun to learn from, the Reptiles of Galápagos will be treasured by scientists, visitors, and local people of the Galápagos alike. It's also po… Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law in your country. The Galapagos Islands are a paradise for reptiles: the conditions are perfect for iguanas, lizards and tortoises. Other reptiles of the Galapagos Islands include geckos and Galapagos snakes. The marine iguana is an extraordinary animal that lives on land but feeds in the sea, grazing on a variety of seaweed – on exposed rocks, in subtidal areas, or by diving deeper into the cold seawater. While we didn’t see (or, honestly, seek out) any geckos or snakes on our trip, it’s a guarantee that anyone traveling to the Galapagos Islands for a ecologically sensitive experience … Now at last is a book that uniquely illustrates the amazing biodiversity among GalÃ¡pagos reptiles. The need for a handy guide to the diverse GalÃ¡pagos reptiles has finally been met. This is one of the best, if not the best, field guide to amphibians and reptiles that I have ever seen globally. Sponsorship by GC and other organizations makes the book free for everyone. Now at last is a book that uniquely illustrates the amazing biodiversity among Galápagos reptiles. Galapagos Conservancy is sponsoring a new book, Galápagos Reptiles, which is currently available digitally and contains information on how to find and identify each reptile species in the Galapagos along with their habits, distribution, and threats. GC has provided sponsorship for the overall book, as well as for five individual species listed in its contents — the green sea turtle, the Sierra Negra giant tortoise, the Santiago racer snake, the Santa Cruz lava lizard, and the Pinzón leaf-toed gecko. With innovative color photographs, up-to-date natural history information, and expert notes on conservation status, this indispensable guide will be as interesting and useful for travelers as it is to the scientific community. The illustrations are outstanding. – Cristina Mittermeier, Sea Legacy "Now at last is a book that uniquely illustrates the amazing biodiversity among Galápagos reptiles. Every dollar you give will help us offset the challenges of 2020 and help prepare us for the new year ahead. Beautiful, informative, and fun to learn from, the Reptiles of Galápagos will be treasured by scientists, visitors, and local people of the Galápagos alike." Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Tropical Herping on this achievement. 2 Between 1875 and 1890, several European researchers, most notably Albert Günther, Georg Baur, and Franz Steindachner, published the first accounts detailing some of the major groups of Galápagos reptiles, including tortoises, 1 lava lizards, 3 and snakes. Â© 2020 Tropical Herping. Just about every rocky shoreline in the Galapagos Islands is home to the marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), the only sea-going lizard in the world. The photos are stunning. Lizards, turtles, and tortoises characterize the Galapagos Islands. In 1845, Charles Darwin wrote about the reptiles of Galápagos and noted that the islands were a paradise for these animals. New “Reptiles of Galápagos” Book Now Available Online. Mammals need more water and were much less likely to survive the journey to the Galapagos Islands, whereas reptiles had the endurance for the trip. Beautiful, informative, and fun to learn from, the Reptiles of GalÃ¡pagos will be treasured by scientists, visitors, and local people of the GalÃ¡pagos alike. 11150 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 408 Fairfax, VA 22030, US, Repopulating Islands Where Tortoises Went Extinct, Human-Tortoise Interactions, Conflicts, and Mitigations, Establishing a Demonstration School and Training Center, Future Leaders: Building Capacity for a Sustainable Galapagos, Landbird Conservation & Control of 'Philornis downsi', Introduced Species: Quarantine and Control, Strategic Planning for the Tomás de Berlanga School, New "Reptiles of Galápagos" Book Now Available Online. Reptiles historically had an advantage over mammals when it came to arriving to the islands: it is thought that most land animals that arrived by chance into the Galapagos came clinging to clumps of vegetation or wood set adrift from the mainland. There are 55 reptile species in Galapagos, 43 of which can be observed at the various visitor sites around the Islands making this book an essential read for visitors to the Islands and general Galapagos enthusiasts. In page after beautiful page, you can literally see how evolution shapes every living thing. Equal parts art, science, and empathy for wildlife, this book is not just a great contribution to the understanding and appreciation of herpetological fauna of the "magical archipelago," it is also a showcase for a new photographic technique to document reptiles at a resolution equivalent to that of a living reptile. Galapagos Conservancy, Inc.® is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with EIN Tax ID # 13-3281486. Cristina Mittermeier, Sea Legacy.