Common Asian Toad

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Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Buona Vista, 21st May 2011

This Common Asian Toad carcass was found on the KTM railway tracks that run through Buona Vista.

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Changeable Lizard

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Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
Bukit Panjang, 23rd April 2011

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imageThis Changeable Lizard carcass was found along the KTM railway line that runs along Bukit Panjang.

Monday Morgue and The Green Corridor

I had a wonderful time at the Tanjong Pagar KTM & GreenCorridor Open Mic @ The Pigeonhole last night, where I heard many different perspectives about the Green Corridor and what it means to them.

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I also had a chance to present a rather morbid look at biodiversity along the Green Corridor, by sharing some images of dead wildlife I had encountered along the railway tracks. Contrary to what I had expected, my short presentation was well-received; I suppose I had clearly explained my point about carcasses being an important resource for documenting what sort of wildlife make use of the Green Corridor, not to mention that everyone probably simply has a macabre fascination with gore. A lot of the fun came from seeing how the audience responded with gasps, groans and even mock gagging and barfing noises every time a close-up photo of a dead animal appeared on the screen. My nose often suffered much in the process of capturing these images during my hikes, but in the end, it was worth it.

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A big thanks to the organisers, fellow presenters, members of the audience, and The Pigeonhole for a wonderful event. I enjoyed a lot of the interesting insights and thoughts from fellow speakers, who conducted mini lectures, shared their memories, photographs, trailers of short films, and so on. I’ve come to realise that the Green Corridor is not just a possible link in a park connector network or a vital passageway for wildlife, but also a river of steel and concrete that once served as an artery that helped build and sustain Singapore. It is a link to our shared history with Malaysia, to the many people who took the trains in both directions, whether for work or for play. The end of the railway service was inevitable, but it’s clear from the overwhelming response that Singaporeans do value and treasure our heritage and past.

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I’ll put my presentation slides online eventually, but since I plan to use many of the photos in the presentation for upcoming Monday Morgue updates, I decided to go with something else instead. In commemoration of the termination of the KTM train service within Singapore (and consequently a source of Monday Morgue images) after 30th June, instead of the regular Monday Morgue updates, I will post a picture of a dead animal I found on the railway tracks every day for this week.

For now, here are some random photos of scattered animal bones I found along the tracks.

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Reticulated Python


Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus)
Bukit Merah, 21st May 2011

The dismembered head and neck of this large snake was found along the KTM railway tracks that run through Bukit Merah. Because of the size of the snake, as well as the general shape of the head, my guess is that it is a Reticulated Python that could have been struck and killed by a passing train.


Sunda Pangolin


Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)
Bukit Timah, 23rd April 2011

This pangolin skeleton was found along the KTM railway tracks that run alongside Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I think it’s likely that it had been struck and killed by a passing train.


Clouded Monitor

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Clouded Monitor (Varanus bengalensis nebulosus)
Bukit Timah, 23rd April 2011

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This Clouded Monitor carcass was found along the KTM railway tracks that run alongside Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It is very likely that it had been killed by a train, especially considering how badly mangled the remains were, with the head and one limb separated and flung some distance away from the rest of the body.

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