Incredibly varied terrain makes Saint Lucia the perfect home for many different kinds of animals. From the lush rainforests to the sandy beaches, the habitats available on this island offer the perfect home to everything from parrots to sea turtles. Wildlife is everywhere on the island, making Saint Lucia a nature-lover's paradise.
Of all the animals native to Saint Lucia, perhaps the most feared is the fer-de-lance, or lancehead snake. Known as the most poisonous snake in Central and South America, this snake is commonly referred to among locals as the "serpent." Though other snakes, such as the boa constrictor and the tiny worm snake
, hail from Saint Lucia, the lancehead receives the most attention due to its potential danger.
Those visiting this island will undoubtedly desire to do a bit of snorkeling in order to catch a glimpse of the vast array of sea life. One of the most popular animals in this arena is the sea turtle. Gently swimming around the rocks and inlets of the sea floor right off the coast of Saint Lucia, the sea turtles provide great entertainment for onlookers.
Along with the snakes and turtles, a plethora of lizards roam the island. From the large iguana, which can grow up to six feet in length, down to the small Saint Lucia Whiptail, which is only known on the two islets of Maria Major and Maria Minor, lizards offer flashes of bright color in the rainforest as well as the cities that dot the island.
The animal which gives most pride to local Saint Lucians is the Saint Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot. Brightly colored and extremely rare, this bird is found only in Saint Lucia. It lives in the rainforest of the central mountains of the island, and is the subject of many conservationist efforts. A sighting of the Jacquot is considered a lucky occurrence by locals.
Overall, the lush vegetation and balmy climate make for a perfect environment for many beautiful animals in Saint Lucia. With several species found only on this island, Saint Lucia is a great destination for those who enjoy animal-watching.