US Virgin Islands Wildlife & Marine Life
US Virgin Islands wildlife
The variety of US Virgin Islands wildlife (USVI) on land is not great but you will find hundreds of bird species, giant iguanas, and a colourful and varied marine life.
The USVI consist of three very different islands – St Thomas, St Croix and St John – plus a multitude of islets. St John is not as developed as its sister islands but features a national park which covers more than half of its land area.
On land you’ll find a variety of lizards and frogs as well as dragon lookalikes – iguanas.
On St Thomas, a bustling touristy island, the giant iguanas can be seen strutting across roads, sitting in trees and in bushes. Adult iguanas grow up to 6ft long – the tail is around half their total length and, if surprised, they use it as a self-protective weapon.
There are also mongooses, white-tailed deer, bats, hermit crabs, goats and wild donkeys (on St John).
As for birdlife, 230+ species of birds have been recorded… pelicans, herons, egrets, bananaquits and hummingbirds are among them. To find out more about birds in the region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Marine life in the USVI
The marine life of the USVI is far more varied than wildlife on land. There are different turtle species including the Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtle, and hundreds of different fish species. These include surgeon fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, puffer fish, wrasses, squirrel fish, grouper, angel fish, jacks and barracuda.
You’ll also find stingrays on sandy patches on the sea floor near reefs and, if you’re lucky, spot delicate tiny seahorses floating by.
At the beginning of the year, generally from January until March, there are whale-spotting boat trips to see humpback whales that visit the area during winter months to the north of the Virgin Islands.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as the US Virgin Islands 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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