Well, okay—that’s enough tortoise talk for now. The CDRS also had a display of Land Iguanas. You can tell the sexes apart pretty easily in mature adults. The female (left) has shorter spines on the crest along her spine than the male does (right); she is also smaller. (You can tell this better in the photo of the 2 separated by a partition, below.) In fact, the scientific name of this species, Conolophus, derives from the Greek words for “spiny” (cono) and “crest” (lophos). The archipelago has 3 species of Land Iguana—Conolophus subcristatus (found on 6 islands), C. pallidus (endemic to Santa Fé), and C. marthae (a pink Land Iguana found only on Volcán Wolf on Isabela—and not confirmed as a species until 2009).
We spotted other wildlife as we wandered through the exhibits. A Galápagos Mockingbird stopped to check us out (left). A pair of Yellow Warblers (below) enjoyed the water at an enclosure. A ground finch (below) posed for us along the way. I’d guess it was a female-type Large Ground Finch: Males are black, so this streaky brown plumage indicated a female or possibly a recent fledgling. The beak was about as long as it was deep (top to bottom), which is typical for that species; finally, it was quite big for a finch.