Fig. 3. Flattened and dried carcass of Boiga jaspidea.
Fig. 4. Flattened and dried carcass of Dasia grisea.
Fig. 5. Head of Dasia grisea carcass.
Photographs by Law Ing Sind
Dead White-bellied Blind Snake (Typhlops muelleri), Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea), Brown Tree Skink (Dasia grisea) at Upper Peirce
Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, access road to Upper Peirce Reservoir Park, off Old Upper Thomson Road; 27 August 2016; evening.
Observation: A juvenile Typhlops muelleri of about 10 cm total length (Figs. 1 & 2) was found dead in water in a drain. It is believed to have drowned. A male example of Boiga jaspidea of about 1 m total length (Fig. 3), and an adult Dasia grisea (Figs. 4 & 5) are both flattened and dried roadkills found plastered on the surface of the road. They have probably been dead for more than a day.
Remarks: The three species of reptile herein recorded are recognised as rare in Singapore. Boiga jaspidea and Typhlops muelleri are classified as ‘critically endangered’ while Dasia grisea is regarded as ‘endangered’ (Lim, 2008: 264-265).
All three specimens have been deposited at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore, with Boiga jaspi
dea catalogued as ZRC 2.7225, Typhlops muelleri as ZRC 2.7226 and Dasia grisea as ZRC 2.7227.
Lim, K. K. P., 2008. Checklists of threatened species – fishes, amphibians and reptiles. In: Davison, G. W. H., P. K. L. Ng & H. C. Ho (eds.). The Singapore Red Data Book. Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore. Second edition. Nature Society (Singapore). p. 263-266.
Ironhide, the Dog-toothed Cat Snake (Boiga cynodon) was unfortunately dead upon arrival. At 2 am in the morning we were alerted by the police about a python on the roads. Thanks to the member of public who reported to the police out of her concern for the snake, and waited until we arrived. Our hearts sank upon arrival, and we only hope that this sends a message requesting all drivers to watch out, while driving at night.
Fig. 1. Dorsal view of roadkill Jasper Cat Snake (ZRC 2.7020).
Fig. 2. Ventral view of roadkill Jasper Cat Snake (ZRC 2.7020).
(Photographs by Noel Thomas)
Jasper Cat Snake (Boiga jaspidea) roadkill at Upper Seletar
Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Upper Seletar area; 13 March 2013; 1150 hrs.
Observation: A female measuring 120 centimetres total length was found on the road, freshly killed by a vehicle (Fig. 1). It had sustained fatal injuries to the anterior portion of the body which was flattened.
Remarks: The specimen was collected by the contributor who then deposited it in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore under the catalogue number ZRC 2.7020.
In Singapore, the Jasper Cat Snake occurs in mature forest in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and on Pulau Tekong (Baker & Lim, 2012: 95). As it is rarely seen, it is regarded as a ‘critically endangered’ species within Singapore (Lim et al., 2008: 162).
Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
Lim, K. K. P., Baker, N., Teo, R. & T.M. Leong, 2008. Reptiles. In: Davison, G. W. H., P. K. L. Ng & H. C. Ho (Eds.). The Singapore Red Data Book. Threatened Plants & Animals of Singapore. Second Edition. The Nature Society (Singapore). pp. 160–176.