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Animals in Malta
The Republic of Malta consists of a series of islands off the southern coast of Sicily. Its climate is subtropical and the terrain is arid and hilly. In the hills there are wooded areas and natural caverns that provide ideal places for animals seeking dens for their habitat.

The seas surrounding Malta are home to many fish and mammals that thrive in such relatively calm and moderately warm waters. It is not surprising, then, that dolphins are commonly seen off Malta's shores; specifically the Atlantic dolphin, the bottle-nosed dolphin and the
gray dolphin
gray dolphin endemic to Malta. Related mammals like the long-finned pilot whale and the
false killer whale
false killer whale can also be spotted from Malta's rocky beaches.

Further inland, in Malta's leafier plains and foothills, insects such as the Maltese ruby tiger moth thrive. Where such delicate insects abound, preying lizards cannot be far behind. The Maltese wall lizard and four of its subspecies are unique to Malta, in fact.

Overhead, an amazing number and variety of bats have made Malta their home. The natural caves and shadier wooded areas in the hills provide ideal refuge for these creatures dormant in the sunlight hours. The
lesser horseshoe bat
lesser horseshoe bat, greater mouse-eared bat,
noctule
noctule, kuhl's pipistrelle,
common pipistrelle
common pipistrelle and gray big-eared bat are among those whose squeals can be heard when darkness approaches.

At the top of Malta's animal chain the least weasel and cross fox prey on smaller land animals sharing their space.

Most of the islands in the archipelago that is Malta are uninhabited and thus provide a great opportunity to study the natural interplay of so many species in Malta's food chain, all in a compact and manageable area. Students of this fascinating drama of nature will also enjoy Malta itself as a welcoming and lovely host country.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Malta.
Carnivores in Malta
Cross fox
Mediterranean monk seal
Least weasel
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Malta
False killer whale
Bottle-nosed dolphin
Atlantic dolphin
Long-finned pilot whale
Grey dolphin
Bats in Malta
Greater mouse-eared bat
Noctule
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Common pipistrelle
Gray big-eared bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
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