Grenada Wildlife & Marine Life
Grenada wildlife is fascinating and varied – from common donkeys and opossum to the rare nine-banded armadillo and cheeky Mona monkeys – and in Grenada’s waters you’ll see whales, dolphins and even Manta rays. There are a fair number of feral goats in Grenada, as well as donkeys and cattle. Opossums, mongooses, and many species of bat are also residents.
The Grenada Mona monkey
Go into the mountainous rainforest interior of Grenada and you will more likely than not come across the attractive Mona monkeys. They originally came from Africa, probably a few hundred years ago, brought in by traders. They are quite bold so when they are nearby make sure you hold on to all your belongings.
Iguanas, lizards and snakes
Large animals you might find in the Grand Etang National Park are tree boas and bright green coloured iguanas. There are a few more snake species (not venomous), several different lizard species on the islands including a lizard that changes its colour to suit its environment. There are also huge ugly toads which were introduced into the country when sugar cane was king, as well as little tree frogs that come alive as soon as the sun sets and disappear at dawn… the big chirping noise certainly doesn’t reflect their tiny size. Somewhat larger is the marbled swamp eel at nearly 5ft long when fully grown. There’s also a red-legged tortoise which is more likely to be seen on Carriacou and Frigate Island than Grenada.
Birds in Grenada
Around 150 bird species are on the island including the Grenada dove – one of the world’s most endangered bird. At the other end of the spectrum is the kite which, in the Caribbean, is widespread. There are a few havens for wildlife in Grenada, including Lake Antoine, Mount Hartman National Park, and the salt pond at the La Sagesse estuary. To name but a few of the 150 species, birds you might see in Grenada include the limpkin, black-necked stilt, heron, mangrove cuckoo, tern, the common snipe, brown-crested flycatcher, Caribbean coot, northern jacana, three species of hummingbirds, cattle egret, frigatebird, boobies, bananaquit, mockingbird, osprey and the barn owl. To find out more about birds in the Caribbean region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Turtles, whales and dolphins in Grenada
Sea turtles tend to nest at beaches in the north of Grenada, Bathways Beach is a favourite spot from March every year (in the Levera National Park). Giant leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, green turtles and, somewhat rarer, loggerhead turtles can be seen in Grenada.
Between the months of December and April in particular sees Grenada’s waters frequented by different whale species, including Orca (Killer) whales, Curvier beaked, humpback and Sperm whales. Around fifteen species in all have been logged which swim in the waters of Grenada. Year-round you can see Pilot, Bryde’s, Sperm, Pygmy and Sei whales. Several different varieties of dolphins can be spotted offshore too.
Grenada marine life
The large variety of fish in Grenada waters, to name some of them, include the yellow tail snapper, bar jacks, spotted drums, frogfish, scorpion fish, banded jaw fish, pipefish, grey angelfish, horse eye jacks, Atlantic spade fish, grouper, great barracuda, As well as seahorses, stingrays, Moray eels, spotted eagle rays and even Manta rays.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Grenada 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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