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christmas iguana

Merry Christmas Iguana!

VIP Journeys wishes you a Happy Holidays in our own unique way – We thought it would be interesting to introduce you to the Galapagos Christmas Marine Iguana from Española Island. This is the most colorful subspecies (primarily turquoise and red), nicknamed the Christmas iguana, while those on Santiago are predominantly green.

Did you know that marine iguanas come in a range of colors?

The marine iguana is the only lizard in the world with the ability to live and forage at sea and is endemic to the Galapagos Archipelago. There are six very similar subspecies, each from different islands, with those from Isabela and Fernandina being the largest. The adults are black for most of the year, however the males change color during the mating season – with different subspecies adopting different coloration. On Santa Cruz, they are red and black; on Fernandina they become dull green and brick red, and on Española they are most colorful turning bright green and red. This has led to the Española marine iguanas earning the nickname Christmas iguana.

Click Here to Visit all our Galapagos Yachts and Tours to plan your journey to see the Christmas Iguana from Española Island

Merry Christmas from the whole team at VIP Journeys!