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A Native Cruzan Returns

Buck Island National Monument in St. Croix, Virgin Islands is once again a home to the highly endangered St. Croix ground lizard (Ameiva polops). This small lizard, endemic to... Read More

Stories from - VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Featured Species in Virgin Islands

Vahl's boxwood.

Vahl's boxwood

Vahl's Boxwood is a rare plant that is native to Puerto Rico and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has probably never been very common, but its distribution has been reduced by deforestation and other human disturbance of its habitat.

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Vahl's boxwood.

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Saving the Virgin Islands Tree Boa. Photo credit: Tim Krynak

Saving the Virgin Islands Tree Boa

The Virgin Islands tree boa is found only in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. A non-venomous snake, it can grow to about four feet in length. More »





Unique to the Virgin Islands

  • St. Croix ground lizard. Photo credit: USFWS

    The St. Croix ground lizard (Ameiva polops) is considered one of the world's most endangered reptiles, with fewer than 500 individuals living in three tiny islands off the coast of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The species was believed to be extinct during the early 20th century, but was rediscovered in 1937 on Green Cay and Protestant Cay islands. It is endangered by habitat loss and fragmentation, and the introduction of the Indian mongoose, a mammalian predator.

    Photo credit: USFWS

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Last updated: June 4, 2020