This was an empty shell I discovered at the so-called “Tortoise Sanctuary” on Kusu Island.
Despite its name, the American cockroach did not originate from the Americas. Instead, it is likely to be originally native to Africa, from which it has managed to spread and colonise much of the world.
Thick-edged Sand Dollar (Jacksonaster depressum)
Seringat-Kias, 28th June 2009
It’s interesting to see how carcasses deteriorate over time; for some reason, this rat (which was shown in this post) didn’t fully decompose, and instead became mummified. I’d first discovered the carcass in May, but by late July, which was the last time I really bothered to inspect it, it had turned quite flat and crispy.
This could be any of the following species of rat commonly found in urban areas: