Roatan is an island that has plenty of lush tropical jungle. It’s beautiful, but it’s also home to some creepy crawlies! Now, I can get down with these creatures, but I know some of you can’t, so for each of them I’ll let you know what your chance is of seeing one outside of the bush. I used to live in the jungle, so these are all my pics from ones I’ve seen around.
Everyone’s favorite! Snakes on a plane! No, wait – snakes in the jungle! The majority of snakes on Roatan are boa constrictors, and what the islanders like to call “Captain Sawyers”. Nearly all are constrictor-type snakes, and the only venomous snake is the coral snake, which hardly anyone has seen and there are no recorded bites on Roatan. (I guess I was lucky to see a juvenile one slither across my path while walking home one evening?)
Your chance of seeing one outside of the jungle: like 6%. They don’t dig the beach, so unless you’re bushwacking you probably won’t see a snake here.
You’re laughing right? Ants? You know ants, ants are super harmless. OR ARE THEY?!?
There are two kinds of ants here that are downright nasty: 1) leafcutter ants, which you can recognize by them carrying little pieces of green leaves on their backs – watch out, they bite! and 2) army ants, which completely invade your house by the millions (non-exaggeration), eat all the crumbs, spiders and cockroaches they can find, and then leave after a few hours of everything inside your home being covered in them. Oh, and they bite too, and the bites itch for days afterward.
Your chance of seeing one outside of the jungle: about 100%. These jerks are everywhere.
Frogs are pretty cool, except for when they come up through your toilet….while you’re on the toilet. It’s the stuff of nightmares. Also, I keep finding little frogs inside my house now, and I don’t live in the jungle anymore. I have NO IDEA how they keep getting in. Frog-ninjas!
Your chance of seeing one outside of the jungle: I’d say like 22%. Check the toilet before you sit down!
Yeah, we have them. Sorry. Tarantulas, wood spiders, other massively creepy ones that I don’t know what they are but I smash them if I see them inside my house.
Your chance of seeing one outside of the jungle: for a tarantula, maybe 2%. Everything else, probably 79%.
So as you can see, Roatan is home to some pretty creepy creatures, but your chances of seeing them are low, so not to fear. If you have a debilitating phobia of any of these, I recommend just getting blindingly drunk on rum for your entire trip so if you see one you will be okay. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a new friend!