- Land Mammals & Bats
- Reptiles & Amphibians
- Sea Mammals
Fauna – Animal Life
Dominica is home between 167 – 188 species of birds. With a lush and varied climate, birds happily exist all over the island from the seashore to the tallest mountain making Dominica a Bird watchers paradise.
Land Mammals & Bats
18 species – including 10 species of Bats
Apart from our marine mammals and bats, there are two land mammals of note in Dominica: the agouti (pictured) and the manicou which is a kind of opossum.
Reptiles17 species – including 4 of Snakes and 3 species of Turtle
The iguana, is the largest reptile found on Dominica primarily the Lesser Antillean Iguana or Iguana delicatissima. Sea turtles are also commonly found in Dominica. In fact, our island is an ideal destination to see nesting turtles come ashore! Visit our sea turtle watching page for more information. There are several species of snake (none are poisonous) on island, the largest of which is the boa constrictor. Locally called tete-chien (dog-head in creole) you can see why, pictured at left. Just below the boa is another local snake with beautiful patterning, the kouwes.
3 species of amphibians
Our most famous amphibian by far is the large and noisy frog known as the crapaud or Mountain Chicken. Currently endangered, these unique frogs are being studied, and hopefully saved, through a breeding program. You can read more about them on our crapaud page. The more common tree frog can be seen in forested environments.
Crustaceans20 species of crab, 11 species of crayfish and shrimp
The land crabs are also a very popular species here in Dominica. When in season, they are the main ingredient for ‘Crab Backs’ a traditional creole dish. Out of season they are protected, especially during their annual pilgrimage (usually around April) to and from the sea which is necessary for their offspring to be born.
16 Species and counting
Various species Whales and dolphins are plentiful in our crystal blue waters and can be seen frolicking along Dominica’s coastline throughout the year. There are a number of commonly sighted species can be found year-round in the waters off Dominica. But what makes Dominica unique is the opportunity to observe the largest of all the toothed whales, and star of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, the sperm whale…Read more on our Whale and Dolphin Watching page
The amount of Dominica covered in Forest
Flora – Plant Life
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About Wildlife of Dominica