Trinidad-Tobago Wildlife & Marine Life
The Trinidad-Tobago wildlife is thriving and includes around 99 species of mammals and around 470 species of birds.
Anteater, nine-banded armadillo, howler monkeys, capuchin monkey, porcupine, agouti, 11 species of bats, ocelots, racoon, peccary, opossum, snakes, scorpions, and a range of toads and frogs (including the huge cane toad). There are long-spectacled caiman crocodiles, lots of lizards, hundreds of species of butterflies, the pink-toe tarantula, and a giant centipede (thought to be the world’s biggest).
Birds in Trinidad & Tobago
There are around 470 species of birds in Trinidad & Tobago. Birdlife in Trinidad includes the stunning scarlet ibis, ruby-topaz hummingbird and the tufted coquette. There are also ospreys, purple honeycreepers, oilbirds, red-capped cardinal, ospreys, speckled tanager, orange winged parrot, rufous-tailed jacamar, blue-crowned motmot, and trogon. Also there is the red-breasted blackbird and the savannah hawk, found in the wetlands. On Little Tobago you can see red-billed tropicbirds, bridled terns, magnificent frigatebirds, and on St Giles island, brown boobies and red-footed boobies.
To find out more about birds in the Caribbean region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Trinidad & Tobago marine life
In the Trinidad waters West Indian manatee, whales, dolphins, turtles can be seen. And around Tobago, which is good for drift diving because of the currents, you can see graceful and huge manta rays on their annual visit (although not spotted as regularly as they used to be). Here you will also see nurse sharks, southern stingrays, Atlantic guitarfish, lobster, eels, snappers, rainbow runners, torpedo rays, bicolour damselfish, pork fish, Bermudan chub, big eye and glass eye snapper, French angelfish, porcupine fish, and black tip reef sharks. There are also large black groups, spiny lobsters, spotted morays, green morays, cubera snappers, blue wrasse, sennet fish, the African Pompano, blue chromis, damselfish, and schools of jacks.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Trinidad-Tobago 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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