There are seven species of lava lizard in the Archipelago, all of which are endemic, and they occur on all of the major islands except Genovesa. The colour, size and behaviour of lava lizards vary between islands. Generally they inhabit rocky areas of Galapagos and can be seen basking in the early sun to warm themselves before hunting. Lava lizards are highly territorial, with a male’s territory being up to 400 m2. When threatened, the lava lizard does a set of ‘push-ups’ with their front arms, as a way of showing his strength to the predator.
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