It’s World Snake Day today. Here are some unfortunate roadkills I’ve found.

Upper Left: Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus) @ Island Club Road
Upper Right: Paradise Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi) @ Neo Tiew Crescent
Lower Left: Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) @ Punggol Road
Lower Right: Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus) @ Lim Chu Kang Lane 6F

The mangled remains of a Paradise Gliding Snake. Photograph by Tan Heok Hui

Paradise Gliding Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi) carcass at urban Choa Chu Kang

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Choa Chu Kang Street 64; 9 August 2014; 0840 hrs.

Observation: The mangled remains of an individual, estimated to be about 50 cm total length, were found. These consist of two lengths of the body, including an intact tail; and parts of the anterior portion which appeared chewed up (see accompanying picture). The remains were relatively fresh, with neither foul odour nor maggots.

Remarks: Chrysopelea paradisi is a common arboreal snake that is found throughout Singapore, including urban areas. This species is capable of gliding from tree to tree, and mainly feeds on lizards and small birds (Baker & Lim, 2008). The masticated state of the featured carcass suggests predation by an animal, possibly a cat. The predator could have been interrupted midway through the feed, causing the prey to be abandoned.

Reference:

  • 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.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 229

Paradise Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradisi)
Neo Tiew Crescent, 29th October 2013

This Paradise Tree Snake carcass was found on the road; it had been run over by a vehicle, but probably was not killed instantly, just mortally wounded. As a result of its injuries, it had writhed about in its death throes, leading to the odd posture seen here, even after an attempt was made at uncoiling the snake.