You will be surprised to know that the wildlife you'll encounter off the grid, is made up of globally threatened species and roaming farm animals. All are non-threatening, even our snakes and tarantulas! We'll introduce you to a famous few.

BLIND SNAKE

This mysterious creature is a subterranean species that is rarely seen above ground. It lives in soil and decaying vegetation, feeding on ants and termites. We call it the “Coffin Borer” – a name that speaks for itself.


LEEWARD RACER

The sub-species is endemic to Montserrat, though other sub-species are found elsewhere on neighboring islands. This snake can grow to 39″ in length and is either jet-black in colour or dark brown with yellow patches. It lies motionless to hunt prey, using odour and body heat to locate them. Completely harmless to humans, it is an important predator in our forest.


MONTSERRAT ANOLE

A small tree lizard that can quickly change color from deep green to brown to almost black. Covered with minute granular scales, the male has a movable throat appendage which it shows when excited or on its territory.


MONTSERRAT GALLIWASP

Previously feared extinct, this almost unknown and rarely observed skink has very short and weak legs. Biologists believe it is closely related to alligator and glass lizards. It is recognized by ringlike arrangement of its scales, and considered a ‘biogeographical enigma’: it is the only member of its family (Anguidae) to occur on the island.


MONTSERRAT ORIOLE

The Montserrat oriole is Montserrat’s best known endemic species, and acts as a flagship species for Centre Hills biodiversity and its conservation. Having evolved as Montserrat’s only endemic bird species some two million years ago, it has shown a remarkable longevity. Its ability to withstand the various assaults of volcanic eruptions and hurricanes is undoubtedly one of the reasons for its popularity. It is no coincidence that the heliconia plant which the Oriole relies on for nectar and water is our national flower.


MOUNTAIN CHICKEN

One of the largest of all living frog species, the Mountain Chicken can reach a head and body length of over 20 cm, weigh over 900 g and live for up to 12 years. Mountain chickens are the top endemic predator on Montserrat and occurs only on Montserrat and Dominica. The species recently went through captive breeding and re-introduction after a widespread fungal disease among its population.


SOUTHERN LEEWARD DWARF GECKO

A lizard endemic to Montserrat is less than 1.5″ long. It is found in the leaf litter of Centre Hills and also in dry forest.


YELLOW-SHOULDERED VOLCANO BAT

Previously suspected to be extinct following volcanic activity, the yellow-shouldered bat is only found in Montserrat and Guadeloupe, although they are considered two separate subspecies as their appearances are quite different.