Wildlife of Antigua

World’s rarest snake back from brink of extinction The world’s rarest snake has come back from the brink of extinction in Antigua, with its numbers increasing 10-fold in the past 15 years. Researchers found there were just 50 Antiguan racers (Alsophis antiguae) in 1995, all confined to the eight-hectare Great Bird Island, off the coast of Antigua in the Caribbean.The snake had been wiped out on mainland Antigua by the mongoose, a species from Asia which had been introduced by humans, while the species had been attacked by black rats which had colonised Great Bird Island. The harmless Antiguan racers were also killed by people.But work by conservationists in the past 15 years, including eradication of the rats from a dozen offshore islands, an education programme and reintroduction schemes, has boosted the population to more than 500 snakes.

Landscape and Wildlife on Antigua -trip report – Lizards of all kinds are also a prominent wildlife feature, the smallest ones only a few centimetres long and almost transparent, all the way up to Iguanas (sadly, I’ve never seen one of them). We had some tarantulas (or maybe they’re another spider species, I’m not an expert – anyway, big and hairy things) around our apartements, and they were capable of entering under the door, but you could easily make them flee using a broom.