Aruba Wildlife & Marine Life
Mention Aruba wildlife and you’d be forgiven if your first thoughts turn to the vibrant nightlife. Lively it is… but Aruba also has a fascinating hidden wild side that doesn’t involve dancing, gambling or bar hopping. So look beyond the glitzy hotels and lively casinos to discover Aruba wildlife and marine life. As well as some Aruba wildlife with strange behaviour (see below), you’ll also find rabbits, bats, goats and donkeys in the Aruba wildlife portfolio. The Arikok National Park is home to a number of indigenous animals, so it is a park well worth a visit when you are taking a Caribbean holiday in Aruba.
Snakes, lizards and iguanas in Aruba
If you like lizards Aruba is definitely the place to be… half of all known lizard species reside in Aruba, and there are plenty of them. The prehistoric-looking and fascinating Caribbean ‘dragons’, iguanas, are also present on the island. You are sure to see many iguanas in search of leaves, their favourite meal. In the Arikok National Park there are a couple species of endemic snakes with rather peculiar behaviour. There’s a rattlesnake with a rattle which it doesn’t use, and another snake which empties its bowels if picked up. Interesting! You’ll probably also come across the Aruban whiptail lizard in the park and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a burrowing owl, plus a variety of exotic birds.
Birds in Aruba
There are around 200 species of birds in Aruba, including the burrowing owl, tropical mocking bird, the vibrant orange trupial, yellow headed Aruban parakeet, scarlet ibis, black noddies, sooty terns, cormorants and pelicans. The Bubali Ponds is where you’ll find many birds, the fresh water ponds used to be saltpans. The San Nicolas Bay Keys is also a major nesting site. To find out more about Caribbean birds and the birds in Aruba go to the Active Caribbean dedicated Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Aruba marine life
Boasting a rich marine life you would expect scuba diving to be one of the best activities in Aruba… and it is. Expect to see anything from a seahorse or sea turtle to moray eels and stingrays; the marine life in Aruba makes scuba diving an experience you won’t forget. Aruba is, in fact, one of the world’s best wreck diving destinations with both artificially and naturally created dive sites, including aircraft and shipwrecks, as well as casualties from the second World War. Having these excellent dive sites you’ll obviously find a diverse range of marine life – including manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, moray eels, barracuda, scorpion fish, jacks, yellow tails, groupers and octopuses (or octopi… depending on your nationality). There are also seahorses, starfish, sea cucumbers, angelfish, clownfish, puffers, the four eye butterfly fish, squirrelfish, French angel, goatfish, yellow goatfish, the sergeant major fish… plus more.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Aruba wildlife, is of interest to you, you will probably enjoy our Caribbean Book Reviews section as we have reviewed several Caribbean wildlife books.
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