Asian House Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Lorong Kismis, 14th May 2016

These photos of a dead Asian House Shrew were shared by Amanda Tan.

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Those who have attended our educational talks know what this is! It’s a Moonrat (Echinosorex gymnura), also known as Haji Bulan locally.

Their anal glands produce a powerful scent, resembling ammonia or rotten garlic and can be smelled from several meters away!

Bud said that this was his first encounter with a Moonrat and sadly this one was roadkilled!

What about you? Have you encountered a Haji Bulan before? Let us know! 🙂

Photo credits: Bud Chapman

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Instagram

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 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