Haiti has a large number of animals, however there are not
many native mammals due to the island's volcanic origin. The only native mammals
to the island are a small rodent called the solenodon and the hutia, another rodent.
However people have introduced other mammals like dogs, horses, etc. In the seas
there are a number of mammals, including whales, dolphins, and manatees. In addition
to mammals, 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. The most visible of these are flamingos, but there are plenty of ducks,
pigeons, egrets, and more. The reptilian and amphibian life is also limited in scope,
but there are plenty of lizards in addition to smaller numbers of crocodiles, turtles,
snakes, iguanas, and frogs among others. There are numerous other species, including
insects, most notably butterflies on the island.