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Animals in Jamaica
Jamaica is known as a resort island that lures tourists with its beautiful beaches and crystal waters. However, as an island it is home to an abundance of wildlife. Some of the wildlife is native to the island paradise, while others are just passing through its waters or has been brought by early settlers. In terms of habitat, Jamaica is an island that has vastly different zones. The South and Southwest of the island is dry with cacti. The West is grassland and plains. The remainder of the island is more tropical with many plants and rainfall.

The only native land animal in Jamaica is the Jamaican Hutia. The Jamaican Hutia is a large brown rodent that feeds mainly on plants and nuts. The Jamaican Hutia is found in the forests areas of the island. It typically grows between 12-17 inches (330-445 mm) long and weighs between 2-4 pounds (1-2 kg). Another native land mammal, the Jamaican Rice Rat became extinct in the 19th century due to the introduction of the
brown rat
Brown Rat by colonization.

Once thought extinct, the Jamaican Iguana was rediscovered in the 1990's. The largest land animal in Jamaica, the Jamaican Iguana's diet consists of leaves and flowers with occasionally ingestion of insects and smaller snails. The disappearance of the Jamaican Iguana is attributed to the introduction of the Indian Mongoose by colonizers to combat snakes. The
American crocodile
American Crocodile also calls Jamaica 'home'.

For those who prefer creatures with wings, Jamaica is home to over twenty types of bats. While many are not only found in Jamaica, they have taken home and built magnificent roosts in the caves of the islands rocky interior. In terms of birds, Jamaica is home to many endemic species. The Black-Billed Amazon and Yellow-Billed Amazon are two of the most beautiful examples.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Jamaica.
Carnivores in Jamaica
Caribbean monk seal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Jamaica
Pygmy killer whale
Grey dolphin
Fraser's dolphin
Gervais' beaked whale
Killer whale
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Euphrosyne dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bats in Jamaica
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Red bat
Waterhouse's leaf-nosed bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Leach's single leaf bat
Antillean ghost-faced bat
Mexican funnel-eared bat
Greater bulldog bat
Big free-tailed bat
Jamaican flower bat
Macleay's mustached bat
Parnell's mustached bat
Sooty mustached bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Jamaican fig-eating bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Spectral bat
Cuban fruit-eating bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Buffy flower bat
Wagner's bonneted bat
Rodents in Jamaica
Brown's hutia
Coues's rice rat
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Jamaica
American manatee
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