Shore Pit-Viper

Shore Pit-Viper (Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus) The Shore Pit-Viper is a native species from the family Viperidae. During the day, it can be found resting on low branches one or two meters from the ground. With a body that can reach upwards of 1 meter, this snake, which has a broad triangular head and large red eyes, … Continue reading Shore Pit-Viper

Blue Bronzeback

Predominantly found in primary and mature secondary lowland rainforests, the slender Blue Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis cyanochloris) is arboreal. This non-venomous snake is diurnal and is native to Singapore, distributed from India to Thailand, and the Malay Peninsula. They usually eat lizards and frogs and have been observed hunting on the forest floor for lizards.  This species is … Continue reading Blue Bronzeback

Unique and Striking: the Twin-barred Gliding Snake

Photo by: Nick Baker, Ecology Asia 2020 The twin-barred gliding snake, also known as the twin-barred tree snake (Chrysopelea Pelias), is a small yet unique reptile native to Singapore. As the name suggests, this snake glides through the forest, going from one tree to another hunting for its favourite meal, geckoes! Its striking feature of … Continue reading Unique and Striking: the Twin-barred Gliding Snake

Red Eared Slider

PHOTO CREDITS: LESLEY CHNG About The red-eared slider, scientific name is the Trachemys scripta elegans, is also known as the water slider turtle. They are sold in most pet shops under the cover of "terrapins", and are popular house animals. Native or Introduced?Introduced, by irresponsible pet owners who choose to release them into our water … Continue reading Red Eared Slider

Sunbeam Snake

My chosen reptile is the Xenopeltis Unicolor, commonly known as the Sunbeam Snake. What caught my attention was its iridescent scales which shines magnificently under the light.  It is native to Singapore (Nparks, n.d) and can also be found in other parts of Southeast Asia and Indonesia (Inaturalist, n.d). It is a fully terrestrial species … Continue reading Sunbeam Snake

Changeable Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

PHOTO BY LESLEY CHNG It is also known as the oriental garden lizard / eastern garden lizard / bloodsucker Native or Introduced?Introduced, possibly in the 1980s. It has displaced the native green crested lizard in Singapore. HabitatIt can be found in wild places including near mangroves and coastal vegetation. Natural dietInsectivore. Also seen eating rodents … Continue reading Changeable Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor)