Equatorial Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana)
Bedok Reservoir, 3rd May 2016

This large Equatorial Spitting Cobra was found dead in the drain that runs along the stretch of Tampines Park Connector along Bedok Reservoir Road. The obvious head and spinal injuries suggest that it had been killed by someone, possibly struck repeatedly by a blunt object.

Picked up 3 carcasses today in Singapore, one Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) (top), and two Blue-winged Pittas (Pitta moluccensis) (below). The Pittas died after crashing into glass (seems like the main migratory wave is passing through right about now) and the Bittern was found exhausted in the middle of a carpark but died shortly after.

Source: David Tan, in Dead Birds (for Science!) Facebook

We thank NUS undergrad Teo Rui Xiang, who informed us of an Asian House Shrew (Suncus murinus) carcass, and saved it for the museum’s Zoological Reference Collection.

The Asian House Shrew lives in and around around human habitation, but can also be found in forests. They are omnivorous and apparently have a fondness for cockroaches.

However, little is known about the diet of the Asian House Shrew in Singapore. This carcass will be dissected and preserved for scientific research and education, and its stomach contents would give us a clue about its last meal.

If you see a dead wild animal, contact the museum at 6516 5082 (during office hours) or email mammal@sivasothi.com. A photo or description of the animal, its general condition and detailed location would be most useful.

Source: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) Facebook

House Shrew

House Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Bedok South, 20th September 2012

This photograph of a dead House Shrew was shared by Chris Koh on Instagram.

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