Mammals dominate life in many parts of the world, but on the Galapagos, reptiles rein largely due to the hot, dry climate that suits their needs. The Galapagos supports 25 native species of reptile (19 endemic). Charles Darwin labeled the islands a “paradise” for reptiles—cold-blooded creatures with slow metabolisms that don’t necessitate a large supply of food and skin that offers sun protection. Without many mammals on the islands, reptiles on the archipelago encounter little predation and competition, making them easier for those traveling to the Galapagos to see and enjoy them at very close range.
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