Fauna of Belize

Fauna of Belize

Birds of Belize
Mammals of Belize
Butterflies & Moths of Belize
Reptiles & Amphibians of Belize
Creepy Crawlies and Flying Bugs of Belize



Belize Bird RescueBird rescue, sanctuary & rehabilitation.610 0400Web siteFacebook
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Belize Critters

Coral Snake
Venomous Coral Snake
Coffee Snake
Harmless Coffee snake

There’s a popular saying in Belize, referring to snakes: Red touches yellow kills a fellow. Red touches black does poison lack”, however it is not always true. The best way to tell the venomous Coral Snake from very similar looking harmless snakes, is by the tail. The Coral snake’s tail is yellow and black banded, without any red bands. None of the harmless ones have yellow and black banded tails.



Here’s a video of some of the Snakes of Belize by Russel Gray.



If you’ve seen it in a Sci-fi or horror movie, chances are, its alive and kicking in Belize! The diversity of critters you will see, will astonish you and you will soon see where they got their ideas for Hollywood horrors from. Mercifully, that little critter on the right, is completely harmless…well, unless you’re smaller than it! Oh and yes, those legs do extend well beyond the bounds of the photo and those are two massive, stabbing, grabbing, horned pincers on the front of it!


Closed hunting season:

  • Gibnut – January 1st to May 31st.
  • Game birds – February 1st to May 31st.
  • Armadillo – February 1st to May 31st.
  • Iguana – February 1st to June 30th.
  • Hicatee – May 1st to May 31st.
  • Peccary – June 1st to November 30th.
  • Deer (male) July 1st to September 30th.
  • Deer (female) July 1st to February 1st.

Report illegal hunting: 822 1524 – wildlife.fd@ffsd.gov.bz – Wildlife advice hotline: 0800 822 8888

As of January 1st. 2015, it became illegal to capture or keep parrots. A licence must be obtained from the forestry department for any parrots already held captive before that date. It is illegal to keep all other endemic or migratory species of bird.

See also: Belize Veterinary & Animal Welfare