Oh my...squirrels! For hundreds of years Ocracoke was without these cute but sometimes destructive critters. Then, several years ago a neighbor (I won't mention any names) released a pair. With all of the oak trees in the village they have thrived. It is not uncommon to see them scurrying from branch to branch along Howard Street.
Here's another comment on squirrels from island resident, Leonard (pictured with his banjo):
"One of your many blog followers recently asked if there are any squirrels on Ocracoke.Well, not counting the two-legged variety, there might be some. I frequently see them on Back Road, in the neighborhood of Rob and Sundae's house.
"Then there is this cheeky fellow who apparently likes banjo music."
Oh yes, salamanders -- none on the island that I know of. I'm pretty sure there aren't any. Maybe someone else knows for sure.
Nor do we have possums, raccoons, or skunks. Deer are a very recent arrival, and minks were set loose here about twenty-five years ago. A bear occasionally swims over, but never stays long. And, we have nutria (also known as Russian Rats).
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter discusses place names on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news113009.htm.