Along with its dazzling collection of endemic birds, Jamaica boasts a number of snakes, lizards, frogs, iguanas, coneys and American crocodiles. Lizards are commonly found in domestic residences and gardens. The iguana and the coney, (closely related to the rat and resembles the large brown guinea pig) have not survived quite as well as the lizards however, having fallen prey to the ferocious mongoose – a relative newcomer brought to Jamaica from India to control field rats.
The manatee and the American crocodile, said to be harmless, survive in small numbers along the South Coast. There are also 25 species of harmless bats which can be seen in various locations across the island as well as on the guided tour of the Green Grotto Caves in St. Ann.