Time In Jamaica

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Insects and Lizards - Jamaica

spiderThere are many species of termites here, some of which have caused very great damage to buildings and furniture.

Duck Ants: this ant often builds a large cartoon nest on trees or anywhere it wants to, even in your house. To put it simply, if an infestation of duck ants is not controlled one could easily end up homeless.

Chi-Chi: this termite is very popular and is locally called “chi-chi”. Their invasion can be marked by very small brown grain-like similar to that of grains of sugar. Chi-chi makes nests in furniture or board and does not require any connection with the ground.


Peripatus: a secretive and insignificant termite often found in rotten wood and under moist leaves and is of great biological interest. The peripatus is considered to be a “half-way animal” between worms, centipedes and insects. This termite has existed for over 500 million years with virtually no change to its characteristics.

Scorpions: There are little or scorpions here. Basically, their existence is almost extinct.

Centipedes: Generally, centipedes are very rare. Most can be seen in deep rural areas when the time is very hot.

Millipedes: They are plentiful in rural areas and are quite harmless.

Black Spider: it is small, nocturnal, and perhaps the most dangerous insect in Jamaica. They are extremely uncommon in most areas and reports of bites are rare.


House Spiders: the house spiders are large and small. They are called “Anancy” in Jamaica and are completely harmless. Besides, one of the best part of Jamaican folklore is centered around the “anancy”.


If you are easily scared by lizards you can come to Jamaica. The lizards here are few and quite harmless and do not carry any poison.

The Galliwasp lizard although feared as poisonous, is quite harmless.

The Croaking lizard is so-called because of its vocal powers and belongs to a group known as Geckoes. These lizards have sucker pads on their feet enabling them to run with ease along walls and on ceilings.

The tiny Polly lizards are very small and are also Geckoes.



Jamaican lizard

The Tree lizards are quite abundant. They have various colored throat fans which are designed to attract the females. Most tree lizards can change color to some degree.

The largest Jamaican lizard is the Iguana which is on the brink of extinction and may only be seen at the zoo. The mongoose has destroyed the Iguana eggs, which has contributed greatly to their extinction.