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The Galapagos Snake

The unassuming Galapagos snake is shy and difficult to see: they're found on all of the islands except for the northern ones like Genovesa, Pinta and Marchena. There are four basic species and three subspecies: most of them are sub-classified according to the different islands where they're found.

Most of them are cream-colored with stripes, while others are darker. They resemble the Garter snakes common in North America.

While technincally venomous, their poison is not very dangerous to people and they're not aggressive in the least. Their teeth are designed in such a way that they cannot inject the poison when they bite: instead they use it in digestion once they already have caught and killed their prey. They're constrictors who crush their prey, typically small birds, lizards and insects. They, in turn, are hunted by the Galapagos Hawk and introduced species such as cats and rats.

The best places to see them are the islands of Santa Fe, James, Fernandina and Española. They're hard to spot, so look closely!

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Galápagos Islands: Sergeant-Major, Galápagos Islands Geology, American Oystercatcher, Pink Iguana, Galapagos Ecology and Ecotourism , Shore Birds - Galapagos, Galápagos Wildlife Guide, Flightless Cormorant, Day Trips in Galapagos and Lava Heron.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
10 Feb 2010

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