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Roatan Wild Life

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Roatan Wild Life

My wife and I are coming to Roatan at the very end of the month and was wondering what wild life may we see if we are lucky out in the wild if we tour the island's wilderness?

Of course we know there are many birds-some colourful we hope, some monkeys and iguanas but anything else? When snorkeling may be see string rays, turtles and a variety of colourful fish off West Bay Beach? The count down is becoming short and we are ready. Anything, or suggestions we missed?

Grasias,

hamilton ontario
posts: 191
reviews: 12
1. Re: Roatan Wild Life

You might just see the same red-bellied woodpecker we have here at home in Ontario! There are a few in the trees at Henry Morgan and are not as shy as the ones at home. The "wilderness" is pretty dense so we did not venture in, plus it is more isolated than would be safe in my opinion. They do have coral snakes which are poisonous and maybe, not sure, tarantulas. In any case we did not see these. We did see Roatan rabbits (aguti) (Don't know spelling, going by sound). They roam freely and just look like large rodents. There are some iguanas but not many because of the spraying that has been going on--not good for the wildlife. If you go on a tour of the iguana farm or a place like Mayan Eden (where you will see caged animals--coatamundi, raccoon, roatan rabbit, variety of birds--sad really) is basically what you will find. On the West Bay reefs, there will be a good assortment of colourful fish, saw an eel, a turtle, cuttlefish, large parrot fish as well as the usual standard reef fish. Look out for small jellyfish as you get out further--sting for about an hr.--bring some vinegar to neutralize, took care of it. No problem really. Most abundant wildlife is the sand flea!

Canada
posts: 352
2. Re: Roatan Wild Life

LOL Victoria64.... the dreaded sand flea or "no-see-ums"! I just think they are part of tropical life around the Carribean and elsewhere. We are so looking forward to this trip. We do travel alot including south america but for some reason we have Roatan Island DIF (dreaded island fever) yet never been there. Could this be an island we would like to winter settle in once retired? Time will tell that story.

Saludos,

Edited: 3:43 pm, March 12, 2013
Chicago
posts: 157
reviews: 3
3. Re: Roatan Wild Life

The aguti are the cutest animals on Roatan. We were staying in a private home on the north side of the island and a mother with 2 babies frequented our place every morning. They look like the south american capybara.

Roatan, Honduras
posts: 397
4. Re: Roatan Wild Life

The Aguoti looks like a large rodent because that is what it is. Why do people post so much bad information? The Iguanas are not prevelent because they have been hunted to near extintion by people to eat them, it has NOTHING to do with spraying. One can even read where a Dro got a grant to study Roatan Iguana and after tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds upon hundreds of hours came up with the brilliant idea thay for them to do better on Roatan, people needed to stop hunting them. There are by all means taratulas., Any monkeys you see were impoted for the tourism trade, and are often kept in vile conditions, Roatan has ZERO native monkey species

Edited: 5:04 pm, March 12, 2013
hamilton ontario
posts: 191
reviews: 12
5. Re: Roatan Wild Life

You are right about the main reason iguana demise. Thanks for all the info Kan.

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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reviews: 3
6. Re: Roatan Wild Life

Well,you'll definitely find stray dogs and cats!!!Plenty of those.At night,the land crabs come out.A little freaky at first and really fast!!!Lots of Chameleons.As far as the reef,I just returned on 3/20 and I was deeply saddened at how badly the reef has been damaged off of west bay beach.You will see some misc.creatures,but the reef at that point is pretty much devastated and dead.If you want to see some good seacreatures,I recommend a dive or go to the north shore towards the east end.

Roatan, Honduras
posts: 397
7. Re: Roatan Wild Life

There are few if any chameleons on Roatan, Many ghecko's , Anole's and other lsmall lizards though. The land crabs are seasonal nd even then only really prevalent every so many years so it can be hit or miss. They do taste good but when they travel as they are now it is best not to take them as it is the females with eggs for the most part heading to the sea to lay eggs.

A lot of West Bay has been damaged by the large amount of tourism, lets not confuse folks though, West Bay is on the North Side of the Island. Most of the Southside offers Diving with less impact from tourism yet is generally not as calm, Further East is best for snorkelling though the reef is further out in many places

Western Canada
posts: 5
reviews: 56
8. Re: Roatan Wild Life

Tarantulas by the hundreds come out at night in the vegetation in Keyhole. Not to worry though, they sit by their hole and run back down when you approach. Haven't seen any during the day.

Western Canada
posts: 5
reviews: 56
9. Re: Roatan Wild Life

Tarantulas by the hundreds come out at night in the vegetation in Keyhole. Not to worry though, they sit by their hole and run back down when you approach. Haven't seen any during the day.

Western Canada
posts: 5
reviews: 56
10. Re: Roatan Wild Life

Tarantulas by the hundreds come out at night in the vegetation in Keyhole. Not to worry though, they sit by their hole and run back down when you approach. Haven't seen any during the day.

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