There are few indigenous land mammals on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Most of the animals on the islands are assumed to have come to the islands on ships. Bats are the only native land mammals still surviving. With the tropical climate there are more birds and water animals, than land animals. The temperatures range from 70s in the winter to mid 80s in the summer and it is very dry weather. They get very little rainfall, what little moisture they do receive is evaporated very quickly.
There are dogs, cats, donkeys and other animals that have been brought onto the islands that people have as pets.
Of the birds, some are on the islands permanently and others pass through during migration. Some of the birds found on the islands are hummingbirds, flamingoes, pelican, doves and others.
There are small reptiles like frogs and lizards to keep the number of insects under control.
Insects are always needed for pollinating and food for larger animals. Insects found on the Turks and Caicos Islands are moths, butterflies and wasps.
Mosquitos are one of the mot common insects found on the islands. As in other areas, they are a nuisance to animals and people.
The conditions on the islands are more suitable for water animals and plants, such as coral, conch and fish. Whales can be seen when they are making their way through the area during migration. Other sea animals common are sea turtles.
Snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports are popular activities for the areas.
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Turks and Caicos IslandsRough-toothed dolphin
Bats in Turks and Caicos IslandsCuban fruit-eating bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Turks and Caicos IslandsAmerican manatee
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