Reptiles and amphibians
Jamaica boasts 27 endemic reptile species and 21 endemic amphibian species, including one of the rarest lizards in the world, the Jamaican Iguana.
Threatened by habitat destruction and again, the introduction of the Indian mongoose at the beginning of the 19th century, the impressive land lizard can be found in the Hellshire Hills of the Portland Bight Protected Area, a short drive from Kingston.
One of the most impressive reptiles is the endangered American crocodile, which can be found in the mangroves and marshy waters in the south of the island.
As well as more than a dozen different frogs and countless geckos with their distinctive sharp cries, a plethora of non-venomous snakes reside on the island. They include the native Jamaican Boa, which feeds mainly on rats and is not considered a threat to humans