Most Feared Animals In Jamaica

by Renee Morris

Hi Wellesley,

Thought about sharing this with your readers!

You know there are some animals that, if you just mention their names, many Jamaicans would go running right?

And all this all a myth!

Below are the most popular ones, at least in my opinion :-)


Most people are afraid of these, Jamaica’s largest lizard.

Their physical look might give you the wrong impression about this reptile, but in fact the Jamaican Iguana lizard is pretty harmless.

A few will have the iguana as their pet but for the most part others abuse them, which I believe is the reason why the population of the Iguana lizard is very low. The Jamaican iguana can be found at the Hope Gordon zoo.


The Jamaican Bull Frog or Toad is also one of the animals that Jamaicans fear. Most people are afraid of them because they say that the frog contains a substance in its body that the frog normally spits out.

It is said that if this substance should ever catch you, it can actually cause your skin to rash or have a slight burn. This substance that the frog contains has some acidic components that burns the skin but will not do you much harm.

Although it is said that if you ever caught up in a situation like this where a frog spits on you, you should seek medical attention to be on the safe side :-)

The truth however is that the frog adds much value to the Jamaican ecosystem. The frog actually plays a very important role of feeding on flies and mosquitoes.


The Gala Wasp, according to Jamaican folklore, is a very dangerous reptile. Ask any Jamaican you see on the street.

But in fact the truth is they’re not.

They'll tell you that if a Gala Wasp should bite you, you must run to the nearest water that you can find before the Gala Wasp reaches there, or else you will die!

The Jamaican Croaking Lizard has a very soft cream color. I is pretty harmless, but not in the eyes of many Jamaicans. These lizard are killed on a daily basis because people believes that the croaking lizard represent some form of spirit. In other words they say that they are duppies.

They mostly come out at night when the time is much cooler; they feed on flies and mosquitoes as well.

Not to worry for all these things are just myth and folklore. In fact no lizard can do you any harm so if a Gala Wasp should bite you there is no need to panic.

There are the ones I remember off the top of my head, but I also know your readers will find it funny.

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May 27, 2018
Company for Dinner
by: Margaret M. Walker

When we lived in Kingston a small lizard made it to the top of our dinner table. It would NEVER get on the place mats. It's main activity was to get close to the glasses of ice tea and get the moisture drops on the outside of the glass. We named (him/her) 'Thirsty'

May 26, 2018
by: Wellesley

Thanks Renee. Very interesting.


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