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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.

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Land wildlife Maldive Islands
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Land wildlife

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.

Land wildlife

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.

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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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  • Baa Atoll Baa Atoll
  • Dhaalu Atoll Dhaalu Atoll
  • Faafu Atoll Faafu Atoll
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