Due to its very geography, the wildlife in the Maldives
is limited and that begins with the mammal population, which is scarce at best.
Only the flying fox and shrew are native to the islands, although numerous other
animals have since been introduced by people. Opposite of this limitation is the
sea life. In the surrounding oceans there are mammals, like the whale and dolphin,
but also thousands of fish, shellfish and other animals like mollusks and coral.
Some of the more common animals in these waters are rays, sharks, eels, tilapia,
clams, squid, octopuses, lobsters, crabs, and starfish among others.
The bird life is also impressive, but is primarily limited to water fowls. The heron,
frigate bird, and moorhen are all common. The reptile life is, like the mammals,
also limited, but there are geckos, lizards, snakes, turtles, and crocodiles. The
amphibians are more varied as there are numerous frogs and toads among others. There
are also a decent number of insects and other small animals like spiders and scorpions.