An Interesting Reptile Dispersal Event from Continental South America to Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Stevland P. Charles


During the period 19 to 21 August, 2010, a very large quantity of water hyacinths (Eichhornia sp.) appeared and washed ashore in Mayaro Bay in south-east Trinidad. Mats of the hyacinths dotted the beach for about three kilometres. Many of these mats were approximately 6 m² to 15 m². Three species of reptiles were found in association with these mats of vegetation on the beach between 10° 13′ 28.42″ N, 61° 00′10.82″ W and 10° 14′ 24.59″ N, 61° 00′ 04.43″ W.

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