Unlike most of the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago
have a relatively large and varied mammalian life. Like much of the Caribbean nations,
the bat is among the most common, but the ocelot, raccoon, monkeys, anteaters, and
otter are also abundant. Off the island nation's coasts are more mammals, including
the manatee and whales. More than mammals though, these waters are known for their
fish life, which includes everything from sharks and marlins to shrimp and coral.
Like the sea life, the bird life is also quite varied and active. These birds range
from big to small and from water fowl to woodland dwellers. Among the more common
or unique are the hummingbird, ibis, and macaws. The reptilian and amphibian life
are also very diverse. There are many snakes, including the infamous anaconda, dozens
of lizard and iguana species, turtles, crocodiles, and frogs. There are also other
species, such as snails, scorpions, and various butterflies.