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Fauna

Maltese Freshwater Crab
Potamon fluviatile ssp. lanfrancoi (MT: Qabru)
This endemic crab is the only freshwater crab in the Maltese Islands. It is very rare as its habitat is also difficult to come across.

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Darter
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The Maltese Wall Lizard (below)
Podarcis filfolensis (MT: Gremxula ta' Malta) is only found on the Maltese Islands (and Pelagie Islands, Italy). There are four subspecies, three of which occur only on uninhabited islets. Protected Species.

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Mediterranean Chameleon
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An introduced species, this reptile has now become widespread. As has the Cape Sorrel (background)

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Although there is as yet no proper facility for cetacean rehabilitation, the Marine Rescue Team of Nature Trust works and trains tirelessly to deal with strandings or injured turtles and dolphins. The contact numbers pf the Team are: +356 99422085 or +356 99422086.
Nature Trust is planning a wildlife rescue centre which would be the first of its kind in Malta - and sorely needed! The centre would also house injured birds (which amount to many...) and other wildlife. Contact the NGO to find out how you can help!

Loggerhead Turtle - Seen at sea, not on land
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The turtle used to nest on sandy beaches in Malta - but it has long abandoned these shores.

Marine animals

Cetaceans are not uncommon around the Maltese Islands. Nature Trust's Marine Section collects data on sightings so please do inform us of any. All marine mammals are protected by law although unfortunately wild dolphins are still being allowed to be imported into Malta for the local dolphinarium. Visit www.cetfree.org for more info.

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The bulbous plants impatiently reach out.
The life awaiting underground,
In every crack,
Blooms above ...
As in a dance of love.
                                                             (A. Falzon)

ALL PHOTOS AND TEXT COPYRIGHT OF ANNALISE FALZON