Galapagos Snake Description

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The Galapagos Snake is classified into 3 species and they are all endemic to these Islands.


This Galapagos reptile can be a little poisonous to humans and they are very hard to find due to the fact that they are very timid.

These snakes are all constrictor-type snakes and they are rather small, growing up to only 2-3 feet in length.

Some Islands located to the North have no snakes maybe because the weather of these particular islands was not viable for their reproduction.

The life habitat of the Galapagos snake is not well known yet because it is difficult to spot them even though they are all widespread in the Islands.

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Snakes in Galapagos usually feed from insects, Galapagos Lava Lizards, grasshoppers and from Galapagos Marine Iguanas

They are dark brown with yellow longitudinal stripes. Most of the Islands in Galapagos like North Seymour and Santa Fe have one or two species of snakes.

These snakes kill their victims by constriction in other words they wrap around the victim and squeeze it until it cannot breathe. But the snakes in Galapagos have to be very careful and aware from wildcats and mainly from the Galapagos Hawk which is their worst predator.

Some people believe that the Galapagos Islands, mainly because of their tropical location, are Islands that stay the same and that during the year they offer the same wildlife.

But that's not true, the local tropical geography, next to the different ocean currents, holds permanent change during the year. These changes affect the types of wildlife and also the behavioral changes of it.

The Galapagos Islands are an exotic destination, it is a location where you will be constantly surprised. Nothing can compare to the enjoyment of observing Galapagos Island Wildlife

Most of the animals in Galapagos are "not afraid of humans" and they will not fly or run away from you, well except for the timid Galapagos snake of course.

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Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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