The Arid Zone is the most diverse and extensive of all the vegetation zones in the Galapagos.  It occurse in lowlands, extending inland from the shore zone, and is found of all of the main islands.  The habitats that are typical of this zone include plant communities characterized by the presence of cacti and deciduous trees.  These habitats are home to all of the species of landbirds and also provide  nesting sites for some of the seabirds, such as blue footed boobies and storm-petrels.  Lava lizards and land iguanas are found in this zone, along with rice rats.
The Arid Zone