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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.

  • Terrestrial fauna, Maldives, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    Terrestrial fauna, Maldives

    The Maldives doesn't have as large a variety of fauna like most other islands.

    © Cathy Keifer / 123RF
  • A grey heron, Maldives, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    A grey heron, Maldives

    Although there isn't a great diversity in the Maldives' fauna, herons often make an appearance on the beach.

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  • Maldivian fauna, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    Maldivian fauna

    The islands' luxuriant vegetation make ideal habitats for a variety of birds.

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  • Cameleon, Maldives, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    Cameleon, Maldives

    If you pay careful attention when exploring some of the larger islands, you will notice various camelon scurrying about.

    © iStockphoto.com / AtanasBozhikovNasko
  • White Lizard, Maldives, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    White Lizard, Maldives

    Another example of Maldivian fauna.

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  • Bats, Maldives, Land wildlife, The fauna and flora, The Maldives
    Bats, Maldives

    One of the most common animals to be seen in the Maldives is bats; harmless unless approached, they add characer to the islands.

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