In the Galapagos Islands, a variety of fascinating reptile species can be found. It is typical that islands far from the continent have few native mammal species. The isolation makes it hard for mammals to survive the long journey afloat at sea, but reptiles are a little hardier in this regard. The reptilian ancestors of the tortoises and iguanas were able to survive the voyage.
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For almost three months thousands of people who loved the history of Lonesome George, learned more about this iconic giant tortoise by visiting his remains in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The Galapagos tortoise is so impressive and so strong, but so fragile during their first years of life, which is also known as the “Lost Years”.
During this period the tortoises are more endangered especially against those threats posed by invasive species introduced by humans, particularly feral pigs and fire ants.This gallery contains 2 photos.