The adorable herp I chose was the Sumatran Flying Dragon (Draco sumatranus) or more commonly known as a Draco! ❤️ This native cutie can be found on trees all throughout Singapore, at the edge of forests and in parks and other green spaces with abundant sunlight. ☀️ The dracos are diurnal, only scuttling around during … Continue reading Herp herp, hooray! Sumatran Draco 😍
Banded Malayan Coral Snake, also known as Calliophis Intestinalis, are rather brightly coloured with red or bright orange dorsal stripes along their brown or black bodies. They are generally rather small in size, ranging from 40 to 60 cm in total length. They are highly venomous so avoid approaching them at all costs! Picture of … Continue reading Banded Malayan Coral Snake 🐍
Photo by Daniel Ng Native or introduced Native Habitat Commonly found in lowland primary forest. They are usually seen sitting in the middle of broad leaves or in low shrubs (eg tree trunks) which are 1 to 1.5 meters from ground level. Natural Diet The adults mainly feed on invertebrates (animals without bony skeletons or … Continue reading Saint Andrew’s Cross Toadlet (Pelophryne Signata)
Photo by LESLEY CHNG Native or Introduced Native Habitat Found in forests, mangroves, scrubland, and beaches where they tend to stay close to water. As well as in large canals in built-up areas. Natural Diet Carrion, small reptiles and mammals, bird eggs, insects. Territoriality Males are extremely territorial. Upon encountering another male, they will first … Continue reading Malayan Water Monitor [Varanus Salvator]
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 Native Habitat They are commonly found in mangroves. However, due to their shy nature and ability to camouflage into the mud, they are seldom spotted. Natural Diet Photos by … Continue reading Dog-faced Water Snake (Cerberus schneiderii)
Status: Native Habitat: Secondary and disturbed habitats where it seems to have adapted to quite well. Seems to be less abundant in primary forests as well! Natural Diet: Rats, mice and some amphibians especially the Asian Toad (probably why it is also found near residential areas) Territoriality: Not territorial, generally harmless if left alone Sociality: … Continue reading Equatorial Spitting Cobra!
Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus), observed digging and foraging for food in the soil. Image was taken in Hindhede Nature Park. Often mistaken for its much larger cousin, the Komodo Monitor (the reactions are truly hilarious sometimes), the Clouded Monitor is one of the three monitor species that can be found here in Singapore. All three … Continue reading Clouded Monitors!
Herps: Reptiles and amphibians Herpetology: The study of reptiles and amphibians Herps play a fundamental role in ecosystems, being both predators and prey in the food chain. But did you know that they provide numerous services for humans too? For example, Reticulated Pythons provide biological control for rats. Common House Geckos also help keep our … Continue reading BFF Challenge: Herp Herp, Hooray!