Photograph by Erwin Chan

Striped Keelback (Xenochrophis vittatus) eating Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Jalan Bahtera in compound of Sarimbun Scout Camp; 9 December 2014; around 1600 hrs.

Observation: A Striped Keelback of about 70 cm total length was found freshly dead and in the middle of swallowing an Asian Toad. The accompanying picture shows the anterior part of the dead snake with the hind limbs of the toad sticking out of its mouth.

Remarks: The Striped Keelback is an introduced species in Singapore where it inhabits rural and suburban areas. It is known to feed on frogs and small fishes (Baker & Lim, 2012: 114). The present observation confirms that it also eats toads. The cause of the snake’s death is unknown.

References:

  • 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 & Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore).

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 55

Common Asian Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Sungei Tengah, 14th July 2014

It’s likely that this (very unfortunate) pair of Common Asian Toads was crossing the road while in amplexus when they were run over.

Common Asian Toad

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Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Upper Seletar Reservoir, 18th March 2012

This photo of a Common Asian Toad roadkill was taken by Fung Tze Kwan.

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Common Asian Toad

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Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Buona Vista, 21st May 2011

This Common Asian Toad carcass was found on the KTM railway tracks that run through Buona Vista.

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