Which Animals Are Native to Cuba?

Cuba is home to the bee hummingbird, the butterfly bat, the Cuban brown anole, the Cuban crocodile, the Cuban hutia and the goliath grouper. Cuba contains more plant and animal species of wildlife than anywhere else in the entire Caribbean.

The world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, makes its home in Cuba. It grows to be about 2 inches long and weighs less than an ounce. Cuba also has one of the world’s smallest bats, the butterfly bat, which has a wingspan of about 5 inches and, like the bee hummingbird, weighs less than an ounce. The Cuban brown anole is a lizard which has a colored flap on its neck called a dewlap. These lizards can range from gray to black. The Cuban crocodile is a rare species which is only found in Cuba. There are only about 6,000 left. These crocodiles feed on fish and crustaceans. The Cuban hutia is a rodent that has an uncanny ability for climbing. It has five claws on each foot. The goliath grouper is a large fish, with lengths of up to 8 feet and a weight of up to 800 pounds. This fish has sharp teeth which it uses to seize its prey. In order to ward off enemies, the goliath grouper produces a rumbling sound underwater.