Cuban cave

If you could fly over Cuba with x-ray vision, you’d see the country is full of underground caves! These dark, hidden caves formed millions of years ago. Today, they’re home to some of Cuba’s most unusual animals. They also hold clues about Cuba’s past. Like time capsules, the caves protect fossils of animals that lived on the islands long ago.

Match each organism with the feature that describes it.

Cuban flower bat
Megalocnus rodens
Symington's Robber Frog
Charinus cubensis
Cuban cusk-eel

lives in caves hotter than 100°F (38°C)

cannot see

has larger eyes than its relatives

may have been flightless

extinct, 200-pound (90-kilogram) mammal

uses two legs as “antennae”

Image Credits:

Cave icon illustration, © Stuart Holmes 2016, all rights reserved; Cave scene, David Smith/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Cuban flower bat, Merlin D. Tuttle/Science Source; cave with bats, Glen Bylsma; Megalocnus rodens, Patricia J. Wynne/AMNH; Charinus cubensis, Martin & Amanda Gamache/Tarantula Canada; Ornimegalonyx, Denis Finnin/AMNH; Cuban cusk eel, Oliver Zompro; Symington’s Robber Frog, Ariel Rodriguez.