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Galapagos: the mysterious snake of Floreana
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Last Updated: 20 July 2017
Created: 20 July 2017
Galapagos: the mysterious snake of Floreana

This reptile was discovered by Charles Darwin in 1835 on Floreana Island, the sixth largest island of the Galapagos archipelago. 25 years later, Günther, a renowned reptilian taxonomist with more than 340 descriptions of scientific legacy, studied this single female specimen and named it the “Floreana Pseudalsophis biserialis biserialis snake” in 1860 using the methodologies and techniques of that time.

"The Floreana snake is locally extinct on that island, originally it was there, but it disappeared in the early 1900s. The same species, however, persists in the Champion and Gardner islets," explained Danny Rueda, Director of Ecosystems at the Galapagos National Park (DPNG). Additionally, the researchers' theory stated that these small islands close to Floreana "served as an ark of Noah, for the Floreana Snake". Now we have an estimated population of approximately 1300 individuals.

This is just one representative of the incredible wildlife of Galapagos. You will have the opportunity to see other endemic animals such as the Galapagos Petrel, the Giant Tortoise, the Galapagos Hawk, the Galapagos Penguin, and the Waved Albatross. For this reason, we have designed special itineraries in case you want to see all these incredible animals. If you need further information about the Golondrina Yacht, please feel free to communicate with us, it will be a huge privilege to help you!

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