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Curacao Wildlife & Marine Life

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Curacao wildlife

Curacao wildlife is protected in the Christoffel National Park.

Curacao mammals & reptiles

There are eleven native mammal species including the cottontail rabbit, mouse, white-tailed deer, and eight bat species. Reptiles include lizards, gekkos, iguanas (common green), snakes (three-scaled ground snake, white nose blind snake) and red-eared slider turtle. There are also giant cane toads, tiny whistling frogs, tree frogs and the Colombian four-eyed frog.

Birds found in Curacao

Around 168 bird species have been recorded on Curacao, which include 71 migratory birds. Birds include yellow warblers, white tailed hawks, crested bobwhites, crested caracaras, and the parakeet and barn owl which are both endangered. Other birds include the white-cheeked pintail, egret, heron, tern, sandpiper, white-tailed nightjar, brown booby, saffron finch, hummingbirds (blue tailed emerald, ruby-topaz), crested bobwhite, bananaquit, magnificent frigatebird, troupial, osprey, greater Caribbean flamingo… and lots more. To find out more about birds in the region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.

Curacao marine life

Well known for its marine life, the sea life you may see in the waters of Curacao include: barracuda, giant green moray eels, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtle, southern stingray and eagle ray. There are also: queen conch, blue tang, smooth trunkfish, glass-eye snapper, queen triggerfish, sergeant major, squirrelfish, butterflyfish, wrass (yellowhead, clown, creole), scorpionfish, angelfish, tarpon, parrotfish (blue, rainbow), grouper (black, Nassau, tiger), damselfish (bi-colour, yellow fin), snapper (yellowtail, grey), and grunt (white, blue striped, French), to name just a few of the fish found in the waters around Curaçao.

Caribbean wildlife books

If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Curacao 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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