Wildlife on land includes crabs (fiddler crabs with red or blue claws), geckos (beige lizards) and birds. The most common species are common terns, grey herons and frigate birds. The best time to bird watch is in the morning, on the banks of the lagoon where the coral reefs are closest to the shore: the Malé atoll is an excellent point from which to watch most of the species.
Although there isn't a great diversity in the Maldives' fauna, herons often make an appearance on the beach.© Myroslava / 123RF
The islands' luxuriant vegetation make ideal habitats for a variety of birds.© EASYVOYAGE
If you pay careful attention when exploring some of the larger islands, you will notice various camelon scurrying about.© iStockphoto.com / AtanasBozhikovNasko
Another example of Maldivian fauna.© EASYVOYAGE
One of the most common animals to be seen in the Maldives is bats; harmless unless approached, they add characer to the islands.© iStockphoto.com / Unfoldingimage