St. Lucia Caribbean Wildlife - Awesome Native Animals You Must See in St. Lucia.
St Lucia’s Wildlife- What to See and Where to See It
St. Lucia is home to a wide variety of creatures, both endemic and introduced Much of the island’s wildlife consists of beautiful birds, lizards, and (almost always harmless) snakes
Sea life in St. Lucia includes whales, manatees, and even leatherback and sea turtles!
While most introduced wildlife was brought to St. Lucia by settlers, scientists believe that iguanas and manicou (small possums) traveled to the island on their own!
Many birds and a few other native creatures can be seen from Our Vacation Homes, and Real St. Lucia Tours offers a variety of opportunities to experience St. Lucia wildlife.
St Lucia is a beautiful Caribbean island with much to see and do. It is a beacon for nature and photography lovers, and it’s no wonder with its beautiful rainforests, lush volcanic mountains and calderas, and tropical waters.
If you are looking to experience the true majesty and splendor of the island, however, keep your eyes peeled for some of the native St. Lucia wildlife.
Introduced Animals That Now Call St. Lucia Home
Throughout its history, many animals have been introduced to the island. The Agouti is a large rodent that was often used for meat that was brought to the island from South America.
The Cane Toad as well as a variety of snakes were brought to the island by European settlers, while scientists believe that Green Iguanas and Manicou (small possums) made their own way to the island.
It is worth noting that while there are many snakes both endemic and introduced to St. Lucia, the only one that poses a real danger is humans is the St. Lucia Viper, or Fer-de-Lance, which is only found in very sparsely populated dry areas along the coasts and is unlikely to be encountered during a visit to the island.
From Birds to Dolphins- Creatures Native to St. Lucia
St. Lucia is home to a wide range of natural animals, almost all of which are non-venomous and incredible to see in person.
Some of St. Lucia’s more famous animals are birds, including the gorgeous St. Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot, the Bananaquit, the beautiful Green Heron, and the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch.
The St. Lucia Parrot, along with the St. Lucia Warbler, St. Lucia Black Finch, St. Lucia Peewee, and St. Lucia Oriole can only be seen when visiting the island for which they are named, as they are not found anywhere else in the world! Other native species include variety of lizards and geckos, and mammals such as the Mongoose. In terms of sea creatures, the island is home to both whales and the West Indian Manatee.
There are also Green Sea Turtles and Leatherback Turtles, with the latter being a protected species.
Where Is the Best Place See St. Lucia’s Wildlife?
There are many ways to experience St. Lucia’s wildlife, and the best place to see it is, well, in the wild. Turtle watching is offered at certain times of the year when the turtles come ashore, but as they are protected species, it is important to use a sanctioned tour for this and to learn the proper rules so as not to disturb their nesting.
Real St. Lucia Tours offers rain forest tours that offer the chance to see many of the island’s natural inhabitants, including many of the birds mentioned here.
Some of these creatures can also be seen first hand during a hike of Gros Piton. Guests of Islander Villas may also find themselves lucky enough to see some of our majestic birds while sitting by the pool or even just by looking out the windows of these perfectly placed St. Lucia rentals.
The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, also part of some of our tours, is a great place to take in the natural side of St. Lucia. Last, if you are near Castries, a trip to the Union Forestry Office provides the chance to see a small zoo with offerings such as the Agouti, the St. Lucia Parrot, and a few more of the island’s more popular creatures.
Whether You Are a Photographer or Just a Nature Buff, St. Lucia’s Wildlife Is a Must-See
St. Lucia is an ornithologist’s dream. With so many beautiful birds, including many that can only be seen on the island, birdwatchers and photographers will find themselves delighted by the opportunities- especially on tours.
While many people are uneasy around snakes, almost all the ones found in St. Lucia are harmless and many are actually quite beautiful and majestic.
If you consider yourself a nature lover, make sure to take time out of your stay to explore our majestic rainforests and other natural habitats.
The creatures of St. Lucia are as much a part of it as the people themselves, and the chance to see and photograph them is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Here’s a quick recap of the top 10 Amazing Wildlife and Animals of St. Lucia
- Boa Constrictor
- Kouwes Snake
- Worm Snake
- St. Lucia Whiptail
- Lizards & Geckos