Turks Caicos Wildlife & Marine Life
Turks Caicos wildlife – animals, mammals, insects and reptiles
You won’t find a lot of Turks Caicos wildlife on the islands but what you will find is impressive sealife and spectacular diving opportunities – amongst the best in the Caribbean.
Wildlife on land on the Turks and Caicos islands is limited but includes donkeys, bats (Caicos Islands), butterflies, rock iguanas, geckos (croaking, dwarf, house), snakes (Caicos Islands) – worm snakes and boas, great blue land crabs. There is also the West Indian Manatee – an herbivorous mammal which is fully aquatic – which inhabits wetlands, rivers and swamps.
Birds on the Turks & Caicos Islands
Around 200 species of birds have been recorded in the Turks and Caicos islands including frigate birds, ospreys, kites, hawks, falcons, egrets, cormorants, brown pelicans, green herons, yellow crowned night herons, tropicbirds, gannets, boobies, shearwater, terns, petrels, flamingos, grebes, spoonbills, ibises, grebes, bitterns, spoonbills, limpkins, sandpipers, gulls, lapwings, hummingbirds, cuckoos, barn owls, woodpeckers, oystercatchers, tanagers, kingfishers, doves, avocets, rails, coots, ducks, rails, flycatchers, martins, mockingbirds, swallows, wagtails, bananaquit, pearly-eyed thrashers, Cuban crow… To find out more about birds in the region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Expect some of the best diving in the Caribbean in the Turks and Caicos where there are dolphins, porpoises, lemon sharks, bonefish, conch, grouper, parrot fish, lobsters, hawksbill turtles, yellowtail, triggerfish, whales, rays, grunts, horse-eye jacks, flying gurnards, peacock flounders, rooster-tail conch, barracuda, batfish, snappers, golden-tailed morays, groupers, blackbar soldierfish, blue tangs, nurse sharks, razorfish, spotted eagle rays, reef sharks, garden eels, long snout butterfly fish, squirrel fish, Creole Wrasse, flamingo tongues, hamlets, honeycomb cowfish, Bermuda chubs, schoolmasters, mahogany snappers, puddinglifes, angelfish, Queen angelfish, whitespot filefish, manta rays, stingrays, chromis, black durgons, scorpion fish, yellow goat fish, porcupine fish, trumpetfish…
Humpback whales migrate via the Turks and Caicos Islands between January and March each year (between Grand Turk and South Caicos). It’s quite a spectacular sight so whalewatching at this time of the year is a must do.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Turks Caicos 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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