7 Endemic animals that you will only find in Cuba

7 Endemic animals that you will only find in Cuba

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Mar 15, 2017
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In spite of Cuban fauna being not very known worldwide, it treasures an incredible beauty and rich biological diversity, characterized by very high values of endemism. Nice weather and numerous habitats such as beaches, mountains, jungles and savanna are the main factors that influence the endemism of Cuban fauna. The Cuban archipelago has more than 13 thousand species but none is dangerous for humans. From LujoCuba we hope that you enjoy the Cuban nature in all its glory if you opt to rent a house in Cuba.


Tocororo

It is a passerine bird, endemic to Cuba. In their colorful plumage, red, blue and white, the colors of the Cuban flag are easily located. This is the reason by which it is considered the National Bird.

Bee Hummingbird

This bird belongs to the family of Hummingbird, being the smallest bird of the family and also the smallest bird of the world; it only measures seven centimetres. This bird reaches a flight speed of 144 kilometres per hour and takes the nectar from the flowers in full suspension using its long and fine beak.

Cuban hutia

This rodent is the most common, the largest and the most famous specimen of hutias that inhabit Cuba. Due to this fact, the Cuban hutia can be found in a lot of zones of Cuba such as mangrove swamps, swamps, scrubs… To highlight, this animal can be domesticated by humans.

Almiqui

The almiqui is a primitive insectivorous terrestrial mammal inhabiting only the forested regions of eastern Cuba like Baracoa. This animal is in danger of extinction due to its small population and low reproduction rate. Its particularity lies in its poisonous bite.

Cuban gar

This rare fish is considered by specialists as a biological relic because many of the animals that evolved next to it have already disappeared. It inhabits the Peninsula of Zapata and other zones of the south of the western provinces and of the Island of the Youth. However, due to its restricted area of distribution in the world, the danger of extinction of this species is high.

Cuban crocodile

It is one of the most important endemic animals in Cuba, but, unfortunately, it is too in danger of extinction. There are only about 6,000 wild individuals. Cuban crocodile inhabits especially in the “Ciénaga de Zapata”. This crocodile realizes spectacular jumps out of the water, which helps it to catch terrestrial prey such as rodents or birds around.

Polymita Picta

It is a terrestrial mollusk, considered the most beautiful snail in the world. In fact, they seem to have been hand painted. They live in the trees and are sensitive to the changes of humidity, luminosity, temperature and salinity of the environment, reason why they have not been able to adapt to other territories. It is considered the symbol of the fauna of Baracoa.

If you decide to rent a house in Cuba with LujoCuba, don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the spectacular Cuban nature and observe these endemic animals in their autochthon habitat.

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