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Lava Lizard


Lava Lizard - Microlophus albemarlensis.

Lava Lizard - Microlophus albemarlensis.

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The lava lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) is a native to the Galapagos Islands. Lava lizards are dark brown to reddish brown in color, their coloration varies depending on age, sex, and location. Mature females have a distinguishing red patch on their throat and cheeks. Males reach sizes of between 22cm and 25cm while females are smaller, reaching 17cm to 20cm.



Galapagos Islands, located about 600 miles off the west coast of South America. Dry lowland areas. Their habitat usually includes loose soil and leaf litter to burrow into at night and abundant rocks and crevaces.
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