There are countless reasons to visit an island like St. John, but the incredible wildlife – both on land and in the ocean – is one of our favorite reasons. However, in order to get a glimpse of the wildlife, you must travel to the spots where they congregate and the best way to do that is in a Jeep rental from St. John Car Rental. Our island is full of rugged terrain, but our four-wheel-drive Jeep rentals will get you to where you want to go. Read on for a list of our favorite island animals to look out for while you explore St. John.

Unique Animals Found on St. John


Bananaquits are cute black and yellow birds that live on nectar and fruit, and can often be seen in flowering trees and shrubs. With a name like bananaquits, you may assume they’d eat bananas but, surprisingly, they do not! Locals refer to these birds as “sugar birds’ or “bananakeets” and they are the territory bird of the US Virgin Islands.

Sea Turtles

The pristine waters of St. John are perfect for sea turtles. Our beautiful island boasts three types of sea turtles: the leatherback, the green sea turtle, and the hawksbill. To view these majestic ocean inhabitants, we recommend a snorkeling trip to Maho Bay or Francis beach. However, be sure to never touch the sea turtles and don’t chase them. Show our local animals respect and enjoy watching their awe-inspiring natural beauty.


The mongoose is actually not native to the Virgin Islands, but was brought here in the 1800s to control rat populations on sugar plantations. You can spot these weasel-like animals scurrying in bushes or around beaches like Cinnamon Bay. They are typically light brown and have short legs and small rounded ears, and are also known for their ability to kill snakes.

When you visit St. John, be sure to take the time to stop and stare at our unique wildlife. To get around the island, rent a Jeep from St. John Car Rental. We are conveniently located just one block from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay and we’ll find the right vehicle for you and your budget. Contact us at (340) 776-6103 or book online today.