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.
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.
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.