Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
Lim Chu Kang, 17th December 2015

This Changeable Lizard carcass was impaled on barbed wire. It’s possibly that it had been caught by a Shrike, which are known to use thorns and barbed wire to hold prey in place while smaller chunks of flesh are ripped off and swallowed. This is also a way to cache food, especially if the prey item is too large to be consumed in one sitting. Three species of Shrikes are known from Singapore, the Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) is a resident breeder here, whereas the Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus) and Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) are migratory species that appear in Singapore during the migration season.

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