Forest crabs

During our stay in Playa Larga we booked a trip into the nearby swampy wilderness known as the Península de Zapata. This is a national park, Gran Parque Natural Montemar, and internationally known as the Ciénaga de Zapata Unesco Biosphere Reserve, that spans the entire southern Matanzas. It is a bird-watchers paradise and is home to the majority of Cuba’s most important bird species.

Cuban Trogon

One of them is the Cuban Trogon, which is Cuba’s national bird. Unfortunately, this was the best picture I could get of this bird. The bird has all the colours of the Cuban flag (green, black, blue crown, red belly and beak, and a white throat and chest), hence it was chosen as their national bird.

On their way to the beach

On the way into the forest we travelled along a coast road, with water on one side and the forest on the other side of the road. May is crab season in Cuba, which means the crabs leave the forest and make their way to the ocean. All over Cuba you will see them scuttling over roads, through houses and over anything else that is in their way, to get to water.

Our trip took us into the forest, along a boardwalk over some swamps where we glimpsed a crocodile, trekked over and under trees to reach three separate lagoons sitting in the rocks, with turtles swimming serenely in two of them. All the way through the forest we saw crabs either climbing up or down the trees, hiding under them or just stopping where they were on the ground while we passed them. I was amazed by the different sizes and colours of the crabs we saw, and there were a ton of them!

A rather large specimen

We didn’t see as many birds as I had hoped, but just seeing crabs in a forest was amazing enough for me!

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2 thoughts on “Forest crabs

  1. Beautiful shots! 🙂


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