Cascadura fish
Cascadura fish

Did you know it is said when you visit Trinidad and you eat the cascadura fish, you will someday return to Trinidad?

This fish is known as currito in Venezuela, tamuatá in Brazil, Kwi kwi/Kwie Kwie in Suriname, hassar in Guyana and atipa in French Guyana.

Did you know the land tortoise, red-legged tortoise or morocoy was once found throughout the Caribbean? Currently it is now extinct in many islands.

Did you know mabouya is an Amerindian word meaning a kind of evil spirit? The pale and ghost-like color of some of the species of lizard called mabouya perhaps earned them the name. The mabouya, gecko or wood slave as they are also called are harmless.

Did you know Trinidad is referred to as “the Land of the humming Bird” but its most spectacular bird inhabitant is the Scarlet Ibis?

Source: The Ultimate Caribbean Quiz book by John Gilmore – 2003

This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]


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  1. I remember reading the book, Johnson and the Cascadura many years ago while still at school. I first learnt of the myth then.


  2. i looked at the pic and saw snakes....... wow. good helpful info though keep it up. am happy to be reading positive stuff from this site and not crime...


  3. Well....Sorry to say,i will not be eating that snake fish...Ugly to blodclat....If i had to eat that ugly fish to some day go backto St.Lucia ot Trinidad...I would never go back....Amnot going to eat that snake....Period,You'll bread butter Lol.


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