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Reptiles of the Maldives on stamps

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This new stamp issue of Maldives Post is dedicated to the local fauna.

The four stamps of the set depict the representatives of Maldivian sea fauna - two sea turtles, a snake and a lizard.

Since the Maldivian islands are very small, land reptiles are rare. In the sea there are turtles, like the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, and the leatherback turtle, that lay eggs on Maldivian beaches. Sea snakes (pelamis platurus) that live in the Indian Ocean occasionally go to the beach to rest. Crocodiles have also been known to reach the islands and dwell in marshy areas.

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