Wildlife on Klein Curacao
During a visit to Klein Curacao there is a lot that you can do and see. You can take a walk along the beach and look at the shipwrecks that can be found there or you can take a look at the iconic pink lighthouse. It is also very nice to go snorkelling or diving in the sea at Klein Curacao. Here you can admire the beautiful underwater world and see all kinds of animals such as sea turtles. However, there are also plenty of animals on the island that you can admire. Here you will find more about the wildlife on Klein Curacao.
American Little Tern
The American Little Tern is a small bird of 21 cm that can be found on Klein Curacao, among other places. Originally, the bird’s range was on the Gulf Coast and East Coast as well as the coast of Baja California. In addition, it was also found along the rivers of the Mississippi basin. However, the American little tern can now also be admired in Klein Curacao. The American Little Tern is an endangered species thanks to humanity. They normally breed on the beach, but human activities disrupt this process for them. That is one of the reasons that Klein Curacao is so suitable for these birds. It is an uninhabited island where it is never really crowded with tourists. This makes it a perfect habitat for the American little tern.
The Hawksbill Turtle
When diving around Klein Curacao you can admire sea turtles and one of the types of turtles that you can encounter is the hawksbill turtle. The hawksbill turtle is a medium-sized species with a shell length of about 90 centimeters. These turtles are mainly found near rocky coasts and shallow waters and are therefore completely in their element in the sea around Klein Curacao. The hawksbill turtle never actually comes ashore, only to lay eggs. That is why you will only be able to see the loggerhead turtles when they are laying eggs or when you go snorkeling or diving in the sea. The food of these turtles consists mainly of sponge animals and other marine plants and animals. They can mainly find this in coral reefs and here Klein Curacao has had enough!
the green turtle
Another sea turtle that you can encounter on Klein Curacao is the green turtle. This is the largest of the various sea turtles with a shell length of one meter. The food of these animals consists primarily of animal material, but sea grass and algae can also be eaten by the adults. This makes Klein Curacao the perfect habitat for these turtles! There are more than enough animals swimming in the sea around Klein Curacao and sea plants can be found more than enough in the beautiful coral reefs of the island! When the green turtles lay eggs, they crawl ashore at night, so you will rarely see them on the land of Klein Curacao. However, you can spot them in the sea while snorkeling or diving!
The Striped Anole
The striped anole is an animal species that you can see a lot on the land of Klein Curacao. This tree lizard is quite large and can sometimes have a head torso length of up to 8.5 centimeters! Including the tail, these animals can have a body length of 28.5 centimeters. The striped anole is a lizard that you can only encounter on the islands of Aruba, Curacao, Suriname and Klein Curacao. However, in the latter two, humans have introduced the animal to the habitat. So when you take a walk on Klein Curacao, you have to pay attention to make sure you don’t see these animals darting away somewhere!