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Roatan Flora, Fauna and Marine Life
The warm temperature and heavy rainfall
in the Bay Islands support a wide variety of plant life and eco-systems.
Guanaja was named by Christopher Columbus as the "Island
of Pines" after the abundant pine forests found on the islands.
The islands also boast tropical forest areas, which are home to
a wide range of tropical species including fruit trees such as Hog
Plum, Nance and Strangler Fig. Bromeliads, ferns, orchids, bamboo,
and palms are also common sights.
Mangrove forests are found throughout the islands
and play an important role in protecting the coastal areas from
storm and hurricane damage. Mangroves are also important breeding
grounds for the diverse marine life. Red, Black, White and Buttonwood
Mangrove are the four common species of mangrove found.
variety of plants fringe the islands tropical beaches. Coconut Palms
symbolize Caribbean beaches, as they do the Bay Islands. Coco plums,
sea grapes, almond trees and a variety of vines and bright flowering
plants add to the color and attractiveness of the island's Caribbean
About twelve mammal species inhabit the islands. A
third of these are bat species, additionally Agoutis, two varieties
of rats, Opossum and White-tailed Deer, which now are very rare,
are found. Historical reports state that manatee and monk seals
where also found in the area but now are extinct.
About 40 reptile species are found on the islands
including endangered species of sea turtles such as the Hawksbill.
Six species of frogs are found, 15 lizard species and 13 snake species,
the only poisonous species being the Coral Snake.
will find approximately 120 species of birds on Roatan, of these
only about 40 species actually live and nest on the Islands, the
rest are migratory. The Yellow-nape Parrot is one of the more famous
resident species as it is listed as an endangered species in Honduras,
additionally several species of hummingbirds, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers,
Osprey and the Great-tailed Grackle are regularly seen.
Of the migratory bird's warblers, vireos, tanagers
are the most common along with a variety of Caribbean Sea birds
such as the White Ibis, Brown Pelican, Frigate Bird and the Roseate
Roatan's fringing coral reef is still one of the most
beautiful and unique in the world, and at just a short swim from
the shore, easily accessible. There are 38 dive sites within the
West End Marine Reserve, all within 15 minutes boat ride, and they
are all different. There are many very shallow snorkeling areas
and the coral reef is perfect for everyone, as the top is about
40ft. This reef structure allows snorklers and novice divers to
glide along in shallow water, while the more advanced are down below,
all visible to each other because of the wonderful clarity of the
water. With deep drop-offs, caverns, swim throughs, canyons and
an abundance of marine life, Roatan offers something for everyone.
The West End is on the leeward side of the island, so the water
is always calm.
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