Last month we brought you a special edition of the Trans Caribbean Times highlighting some of the unusual denizens found on the Island of Cozumel. In response to reader demand, we bring you a follow up edition highlighting more of these unique inhabitants.
Cozumel Pygmy Raccoon – Found only on Cozumel Island, they are small, 4 pound rabbit size members of the raccoon family. Their direct diet consists of crabs, frogs and some fruit.
Giant Orange Cozumel Iguana – These large (6-7 ft) herbivores are excellent tree climbers eating fruits, leaves and stems. Usually seen sunning themselves on tree branches.
Cozumel Mouse Opossum – Worlds smallest Opossum (1/4 pound). Like the Kangaroo, the babies are born premature. The females nurse and raise their young in a pouch on their stomach. They live in the forest canopy.
Cacomistle – Small, 3 pound, nocturnal cat like tree climbers with a ringed tail. They are usually located by their loud wailing calls heard in the treetops after sunset.
Paca – Stocky, reddish brown with white spots, these 18 pound mammals primarily eat fruits and other vegetation. Shy and active after dark when foraging on the forest floor.
Grison – A long low bodied, very shy, terrestrial animal. Active in the day when hunting for birds and small mammals.
Cozumel Emerald – A species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. Endemic to Cozumel, its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests.
Cozumel Thrasher – Abird from the mockingbird family is also endemic to the island of Cozumel. It is believed to be the most critically endangered species of bird in Mexico. It has a gray face and a long black bill.