Photo by Matthieu Berroneau
I know what you are thinking…why ‘dog-faced’? The name derives from its protruding eyes, which is unusual for snakes.
Native or Introduced
They are commonly found in mangroves. However, due to their shy nature and ability to camouflage into the mud, they are seldom spotted.
Photos by Praveen Pandian
They consume mainly fishes such as mudskippers and gobies, crabs and frogs. They’ve been seen catching and swallowing rather large fishes. The prey is swallowed whole.
They are generally non-aggressive and inoffensive. They spend their daytime in crab holes.
Information on Dog-faced Water Snake’s sociality is limited thus far.
They are more active at night. They feed on their food during this period.
Locations in Singapore where they are found
They are common along the coasts of Singapore, including Chek Jawa, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Semakau, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Photo by Ria Tan, Wild Singapore
Before we gooo…FUN FACT: The Dog-faced Water Snake is also unique as it gives birth to its young alive instead of laying eggs like other snakes.