Dominica has an odd wildlife system as the island nation
has few indigenous mammals due to its volcanic origin; the bat and opossum are about
the only native mammals although there are also other mammals that have been introduced.
Plus, off the island's shore are more mammals and great sea life. In addition
to mammals like dolphins and whales, as an island nation there are thousands of
fish surrounding the country and these waters contain larger animals like sharks,
but also include eels, angelfish, barracudas, grouper, sponges, lobsters, snapper,
crabs, and thousands more including coral.
Like the sea life, there are plenty of birds that live on the island or migrate
through. These birds are mostly limited to water fowls like ducks and frigate birds,
but there are other non-water fowl species that call the islands home such as the
parrot, hummingbird, and hawk. The reptilian and amphibian life is also limited
in scope, but there are turtles, snakes, iguanas, and frogs among others. There
are numerous other species, including insects, most notably butterflies on the island.